This week's rundown features a look at 10 singles from superstar artists like Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean and new singles from the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, SaraBeth, Ruthie Collins and RaeLynn. Also, we look at a new single featuring country legend Loretta Lynn. They're all featured in The Weekly Single Recap for March 20, 2014 below. Now on to the songs.
Kacey Musgraves - “Biscuits” (Mercury Nashville)
There’s a sense of familiarity here to the hits that she’s released in the past (perhaps cause they share the same co-writers in Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark) but it also feels a little bit more radio friendly than “Follow Your Arrow” was [IE: less polarizing lyrics]. Hopefully, this means she’ll have another hit as the song’s message about minding your own are clearly worthy of being heard over and over again.
Jeff Bates & Loretta Lynn - “After The Fire Is Gone” (SkyDancer Entertainment/Red River)
Finally not running from the comparisons to Conway Twitty, Jeff Bates asked Miss Loretta to sing with him and she not only said yes but she sounds absolutely wonderful on this revisit of her popular hit with Conway. Jeff and Loretta sound great together and while this may not be a big mainstream radio hit, it won’t be for a lack of quality.
Brothers Osborne - “Stay A Little Longer” (EMI Nashville)
They’ve released two great singles before (the Top 30 “Rum” from 2014 and 2013’s Top 40 hit “Let’s Go There”) but they’re looking for that elusive breakout hit. Blending a bit of John Hiatt cool with the lyrics to the insatiable musical production of the duo and it’s easy to see why Nashville remains excited about The Brothers Osborne.
Ruthie Collins - “Ramblin’ Man” (Sidewalk/Curb)
Nothing and nobody sounds like Ruthie Collins on country music radio. She blends traditional country music (this Hank Jr. song) with modern production techniques to create a song that is uniquely modern and vintage all at the same time. Hopefully the talented singer (who has a very strong ep) can become a breakout star.
SaraBeth - “I’m Sick Of It” (Circle S Records)
As talented as any artist on a mainstream label, SaraBeth showcases a different dynamic on this lead single from her upcoming EP. The production is crisp, clean and the lyrics (written by SaraBeth with Gwen Sebastian and the song’s producer Glen Mitchell) tell of a woman who’s fed up. It’s instantly relatable and clearly ready to help SaraBeth break further into the big leagues, if given the shot by radio.
John King - “On Your Lips” (Black River Entertainment)
John King has a lot of talent and while there are clever lines to be found in “On Your Lips,” it doesn’t feel like the true break-out song the singer is looking for (and what we thought “Tonight Tonight” was going to be). That being said, he should be able to break in the Top 40 or Top 30 at the very least with it.
Jason Aldean - “Tonight Looks Good On You” (Broken Bow Records)
It’s another song destined for the Top 5 because Jason Aldean’s one of those instant-hit artists of the moment. But the lyrics have been said at least a dozen times before (and at least a few different times by Aldean on previous records). It’d be nice if he was releasing riskier, or more ‘traditional-sounding’ fare.
RaeLynn - “For A Boy” (The Valory Music Co./Republic)
The talented newcomer has a less polarizing song (than “God Made Girls”) for her sophomore single and we expect it to help her earn even more passionate fans along the way. Top 10 success isn’t guaranteed (only Carrie Underwood seems to be a female artist with guaranteed Top 10s) but it should be another sizeable hit for RaeLynn.
Carrie Underwood - “Little Toy Guns” (19/Arista Nashville)
As mentioned in RaeLynn’s post, Carrie Underwood seems to be about the only female artist who can release single after single and see them hit the Top 10. In fact, she’s usually Top 5 bound (on her own) with official single releases so this one’s guaranteed to be a big hit from the new mom. That being said, it’s also one of her stronger singles to date, especially lyrically with a message about how words people say (no matter if it’s verbally with the person in the room, behind their back or over the internet) hurting as much as other physical wounds.
Florida Georgia Line - “Sippin’ On Fire” (Republic Nashville)
It may have a slight bit of the melodic essence that made “Cruise” so appealing to fans in 2012 but that is probably why “Sippin’ On Fire” feels like an instant hit. It’s what this duo does best and it’s sure to be a big hit. Still, we’d love more songs like “Dirt” and less like “Sun Daze” in the future.
Well, there you have it, our look at The Weekly Single Recap for March 20, 2014. What do you think of the songs featured here? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment thread below.