Charlie Worsham released his debut album, Rubberband,
back in August to pretty much universal praise. He writes tuneful, catchy songsand is an extremely talented multi- instrumentalist. His first single from the project, “Could It Be” was a top 20 hit. Now he is ready to release single number two.
“Want Me Too” was co-written by Charlie, Ryan Tyndell & Quinn Loggins. Banjo and drum driven, the song is a breath of fresh air for country radio. It is an up tempo love song about a guy who is trying to get a girl to open her heart to him. He’s tried and tried, even pleading it seems, so he really can’t “fall any farther” in what he would do to get her to notice him.
All he is waiting for is a sign to know what he needs to do to get her attention.
"My heart's skippin' like a stone on the water
Tell me what do I gotta do
To make you want me too
The way I feel, couldn't fall any farther
Help me, what do I gotta do
To make you want me
To make you want me
To make you want me too"
The chorus is one of the catchiest toe tappin’ sing-alongs that you can’t not enjoy. You’ll definitely “want to” put this song on your playlist….on repeat.
The single and the album are available now.
Martie Maguire and Emily Robison are sisters who were members of the best selling female group in history, The Dixie Chicks. That group may not be producing records anymore, but the sisters are still making some beautiful music
together as The Courtyard Hounds, named after the novel within Game of Thrones creator David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves.
Their current single “Sunshine” is one of 11 tracks off of their
album Amelita which was released in July. The song was co-written by acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonathan Brooke along with Martin Strayer and Alex Dezen.
Emily Robison’s lead vocals definitely give the song a light and breezy bent. The melody, filled with fiddle
and banjo, transports you to a beautiful summer day. However, don’t let the bright up tempo melody & lovely harmonies fool you. The witty lyrics are dripping with sarcasm about a person with a bit of an ego who always seems to bring her down and waste her time. Now, if that’s not relatable, I don’t know what is.
“I'm just an angel that sits upon your shoulder
Says the world will pass you over while you're waiting for a crown
You're no stranger to the art of how to fake it
You play until you break it, you make it hard to be around
Hey, don't rain on my parade and kill a perfect day, wasting my time
Hey, you always find a way to bring me down when I feel fine
We call you sunshine We call you sunshine”
Beyond doubtful this song will get airtime on country radio, but it sure would be a shame if you didn’t
give it a listen.
The Court Yard Hounds’ new album and single are available now.
Having had the pleasure to review, and love, Gord Bamford's latest single and current #1 'When Your Lips Are So Close,' I was anxious to hear the rest of his album Cowboy Junkie. Needless to say my ears were not disappointed.
Gord, who has been called Canada's answer to George Strait, has a voice that was meant to sing country music. He may be new to many in the U.S.
but he is far from a music newcomer. He has spent 20years honing his craft to get where he is today: a mainstay on Canadian radio and a 16time CCMA awards winner.
Country Junkie is his sixth album and all fourteen tracks make a record which you will listen to over and over again.
The album kicks off with 'Where A Farm Use To Be' a country rocker with lyrics that speak the truth not only to those who make their living farming, but to all of us who drive through the country and see building after building instead of field after field. "A 10acre black top parking lot/A bunch of wild women window shoppin'/A drive thru bank and a Baskin Robbins/Where a farm used to be."
'The Truth' is the second track and his vocals here, as well as much of the album, remind me of Toby Keith. It's a fun up tempo song with clever lyrics about letting a braggart tell his stories and even embellish them a bit, because we can't "Let the truth get in the way of a real good story/If you told it like it is it would just be boring."
'She Gets Me' and 'Unreal' both speak about a woman’s love. In the former, it is in how she understands him and what he is all about. The latter is simply a beautiful ballad about a woman’s love and the way it makes him feel. The combination of the melody, piano and his voice on this song is pretty close to perfect.
'Daughterville' is a funny song that anyone with a daughter can relate to. The song reminds me of something Brad Paisley might sing, but with a little more twang. “I'm up to my eyes in baby dolls/That’s what I get comes with the deal/The life of a daddy in Daughterville.”
'Saturday’s Beer,' 'That’s How We Party' & 'Blue Jeans' are songs perfect to listen to as we “let our hair down” after a long week (or really anytime). All three are songs that successfully mix traditional sounds with the modern. As the line in 'That's How...' says “Crank it up/Hank it up.”
'Groovin With You' is the song on the record that pushes the traditional boundaries. The spoken word/rap reminds you of Colt Ford, but the Spanish melody adds a romantic touch to the song. Gord has said "It's a little risky, but I sure think it would catch on. It's got that great catchy vibe." And that it does. Honestly, it took a few listens, but that catchy vibe will reel you in.
'I Won't Regret That' is a one of my personal favorites on the album. The song is a truly heartfelt one with highly relatable lyrics about how family comes first to this man and how he would never regret making family a priority: “And maybe they will say after I'm gone/For what it's worth/He put the right path first.”
The title track is a duet with Gord’s boyhood country idol Joe Diffe. It is a country-blues guitar driven toe tapper that many fans of country music will agree with: "I'm hooked on a goodtime feeling/I'm a country
junkie til' my dying day/How bout you?"
The album concludes with 'Nights Like You,' a big ballad where he sings "I can do long days like this as long as I've got nights like you”. It’s a romantic song, perfectly suited for his warm voice, about how everything he does all day is made worthwhile as long as he comes home to the woman he loves.
As I wrote with the single, this album is certainly as good as what you hear on American country radio today and deserves airplay. If you like what you hear, call your radio stations and request it.
And if you are a Country Junkie, this album will definitely satisfy your need for good music.
For more information visit http://www.gordbamford.com/
Stoney Creek Records’ artist Lindsay Ell started playing piano& guitar at a very early age. "I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music."
She is an accomplished guitarist, but wants that to be an accent to how she is
viewed as an artist. She says "There aren't a lot of girls who play electric lead guitar, and it can be a
defining thing. First and foremost, I want people to hear me and understand my voice as a country music recording artist. When they come see me, I'd love it if they were impressed at my guitar and piano playing. But by that point, hopefully they understand the artist behind it all has a lot of different sides to her music."
Her guitar abilities and her vocals shine on her current single “Trippin’ On Us.” The song is a sunny country rocker with relatable lyrics about moving on from a relationship that is no more and finding happiness with someone new.
“Goodbye heartache, catch you on another day
Got better things to do than cry, cry no I won’t
All my tears for you are gone
No more pain will I go through”
This Fall, Lindsay can be found on an opening slot on The Band Perry’s We Are Pioneers World Tour encompassing 50 dates throughout Europe and North America.
The single officially impacts radio on December 16th.
2013 has been a great year for Australian born, Canadian country music
artist Gord Bamford. Most recently, he won four Canadian Country Music Awards including Best Album for Is It Friday Yet, Songwriter of the Year (with Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson), Best Single & Best Video for “Leaning On A Lonesome Song.”
On the back these awards and three international hit singles, he is releasing his brand new
single, “When Your Lips Are So Close” from his upcoming sixth album, Country Junkie, which he recorded in
He debuted his new single in his performance at the CCMA Awards show in Alberta, Canada. When the song was released in Canada, it did something unheard of: for the first time in the history of Canadian country radio add-tracking, it was added to 30 out of 30 reporters in the first week of release.
“When Your Lips Are So Close” is written by Bamford, Byron Hill and Brent Baxter. The mood for the song is set by the melody and his soft voice. No tailgates or dirt roads in this song. It is a sexy ballad about wanting to be physically thisclose to someone.
“Girl I wanna reach right out, wrap you in my arms right now,
Never let go, never let go
Cause I just gotta taste you baby,
You know it drives me crazy,
To be so far away when your lips are so close
When your lips are so close”
“When Your Lips Are So Close” is as strong as, if not stronger than, what you hear on country radio
today in the US. It deserves and hopefully will get airplay here.
Both the song and Cowboy Junkie are available now.
Thanks to Dierks Bentley having them as openers on his tour a year or so ago, The Cadillac Three (then known as The Cadillac Black) have become permanent fixtures on my playlist. The three band members Neil Mason (drums,
percussion & vocals), Kelby Ray (dobro, bass steel guitar & vocals) and Jaren Johnston (guitar & vocals) all hail from Nashville. Johnston has co-written Keith Urban’s #1 “You Gonna Fly” as well as songs for Bentley, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and others.
The music of The Cadillac Three has been described as ‘country fuzz’: a mix of country & southern rock with bits and pieces of other genres thrown in for good measure. Add it all up and it’s darn good music.
Their new single is also the first for their new label, BMLG. They certainly continue the country rockin’ sound on “The South” on which they get vocal assists from Dierks, Florida Georgia Line & Mike Eli of the Eli Young
Band. It’s a song that’s really “all about the south” & it’s components from the red clay to the magnolias to the diners. By the time he sings “even if you’re up north, come on down, come on down” I was ready to go.
At first listen, you might not know what you are in for. The slow burn of the first verse actually makes you anticipate that something different is ahead. Then, guitars lead you into to a booming chorus with a hard edge that “ain’t subtle,” but is perfect for cranking up loud, rolling the windows down (yes, even in late Fall) and singing at the top of your lungs. Bonus points if you can figure out all of the lyrics & sing the states in order.
“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand
My point ain’t subtle here I’m a southern man
Where the beer seems colder and women seem hotter
Where the world don’t seem so damn modern
Where a good ole’ boy like me still has a chance
Aw this is where I was born and this is where I’ll die…its all about the south.”
If it hasn’t already, “The South” will become a song in their live shows that has the entire dive bar/arena/amphitheatre fist pumping and singing along.
The single officially goes to radio on November 25th. If you can catch them live, do. They perform with a melt your face off energy that leaves you
Four and a Half Stars