Brad Paisley – Moonshine in the Trunk
You’d have to be vehemently anti-social media to not have heard at least a few songs off the new Brad Paisley album. He launched it in a way that was frowned upon by record labels across the world, but eaten up by fans almost immediately, leaking each song via friends and social media until we pretty much had access to every single one. While Brad is one of those artists that doesn’t ever stop working, it’s remarkable that he continues to turn out witty, social commentary on life and love. His hit “River Bank” is a play on words with a fun, floating on the river kind of beat that makes you want to keep listening long after it’s over. “High Life” featuring Carrie Underwood, is a humorous look at how the rest of the world might view country superstars, as a bunch of rednecks that just so happen to strike it rich. Other great songs are the romantic “Perfect Storm,” hooky “Crushin’ It” and the prideful “American Flag on the Moon.” I’m still making my way through, but my advice is to give it a go, because Brad Paisley always has the ability to brighten your day.
Darius Rucker – Homegrown Honey
From the moment I heard a short clip of this song, I was into it. The knee slapping rhythm, Darius smooth and soulful vocals, and the skipping violin bring an excitement and energy that is just incredibly addictive. It’s one of those songs that makes you want to get up and spin around the room. It’s another feel good song from the king of feel good, carefree country. So roll down those windows, soak in some sunshine, and blast this song as loud as humanly possible. It’s one of those.
Dustin Lynch – Daddy’s Boots
This track is exactly the sort of sound I’ve been waiting for from Dustin Lynch. My favorite track of his is “Cowboys and Angels,” and this is the closest he’s come as he begins giving us a peak at the new album. The slow slide of the steel guitar and his deep vocal timbre bring a warmth and hope right into the melody. It has that hint of a traditional country feel, allowing the focus to be on the ever growing instrumentation and the beautiful story. It’s the mans perspective from just before getting married, and the hope to be everything his future wife could dream of, matching the unconditional first love of her father. It’s sweet and subtle, definitely pulling at your heart from the very first line.