For a while, it looked like Billy Currington, LOCASH or Dierks Bentley was going to rule the day, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.
Down the track came Brandy Clark and Cam, and they ran over those boys like a pair of locomotives. The two women finish in a tie for the Disc of the Day award.
Today’s DisCovery Award also goes to a female artist. That would be Aubrie Sellers.
LESLIE COURS MATHER/That Was The Whiskey
Writer: Nini Camps; Producer: Denny Diante; Publisher: none listed; CM (track)
-I think I have liked everything this gal has put out. This time around she applies her soulful, husky pipes to a punchy rocker about a wild child who looked an awful lot like her when she was tearin’ up the town last night. “That was the whiskey,” not her, in that red dress dancing on the table. Lots of verve. Lots of fun.
BILLY CURRINGTON/It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
Writers: Billy Currington/Cary Barlowe/Shy Carter; Producer: Dann Huff; Publishers: Coconut Hut/Castle Bound/We Be Pawtying/BMG Rights Management/You Want How Much of What Pub/Worldwide EMG, ASCAP/SESAC/BMI; Mercury (CDX)
– Crunchy and stomping. He sings the fire outta this lyric about a guy going through hell getting over a heartbreak. The shuddering guitar, shouted chorus boys and catchy, chesty chorus are all just terrific. Currington strikes pay dirt again.
DIERKS BENTLEY/Somewhere On A Beach
Writers: Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Alex Palmer/Dave Kuncio/Josh Mirenda; Producer: Ross Copperman; Publishers: Peermusic III/Peertunes/Jaron Boyer/BMG Silver/Fuego/BMG Rights Management/David Ryan/The Real Brain/WB/Music of the Corn, BMI/SESAC/ASCAP; Capitol (CDX)
– Take this, ex-girlfriend. He’s getting over you by chilling next to the ocean with a hot babe and a cold drink. So there.
LORRIE MORGAN/How Does It Feel
Writers: Mark Oliverius/Loretta Lynn Morgan/Kelly Lang; Producer: Richard Landis; Publishers: Omee/Kelly Lang, BMI; Shanachie (CDX)
– Still one of our most lustrous vocalists. Morgan uses her range and emotive abilities to alternately caress with a soprano whisper and contemplate with an alto moan on this ballad. The “answering” harmonica and steel guitar are both expertly deployed by producer Landis. Recommended.
Writers: Camaron Ochs/Tyler Johnson; Producers: Jeff Bhasker/Tyler Johnson; Publishers: Marvelous Oaks/One Year Yesterday/Creative Pulse/These Are Pulse, BMI; Arista/RCA (track)
– As before, extremely melodic and sung with superb élan. The double-time undertow thump in the production is a nifty contrast with her soaring, broken-note soprano. A hit if I’ve ever heard one.
LOCASH/I Know Somebody
Writers: Ross Copperman/Jeremy Stover/Rhett Akins; Producer: Londsay Rimes; Publisher: none listed; Reviver (track)
– These boys are on a roll. This whole lyric is one extended pick-up line. And the track cooks with gas. Check ‘em out at Monday’s MusicRow Margaritaville showcase and radio awards show.
BRANDY CLARK/Girl Next Door
Writers: Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Shane McAnally; Producer: Jay Joyce; Publishers: Highway 508/House of Sea Gayle/Clearbox Rights/Nettwerk One B/Revelry/Jay Gatsby/Universal/Smack Ink, ASCAP/BMI; Warner Bros.
– She’s kinda rough and kinda trashy. She’s definitely no debutante, Marcia Brady, Barbie or girl next door. And she rocks while she’s dishing out the facts to you, buddy. Attitude on a platter. Spunk and snark and sass you can dig for days.
PETE SCOBELL BAND/Walkin’ A Wire
Writers: Dierks Bentley/Ross Copperman/David Lee Murphy; Producer: Cactus Moser; Publishers: Big White Tracks/EMI Blackwood/Songs By Red Room/Old Desperados/N2D, ASCAP/BMI; FrogBonz
– I like the slight rasp in his delivery and the chiming guitar in the band’s sound. He’s trying to make time with her, but is pretty scared and tense about it. A tempo tune with countryboy feelings.
AUBRIE SELLERS/Sit Here and Cry
Writers: Aubrie Sellers/Adam Wright; Producer: Frank Liddell: Publishers: none listed; Thirty Tigers
– The band is stark and raw on this toe tapper. She sings with splendid assurance and moxie. Aubrie is the daughter of songwriter Jason Sellers and singer Lee Ann Womack, but she definitely has her own thing goin’ on. Garage country, anyone?
Writers: Ashley Gorley/Luke Laird/Shane McAnally; Producers: Dann Huff/Jesse Frasure; Publishers: External Combustion/Songs of Southside Independent/WB/Atlas/Songs of Universal/Creative Nation/Smack Ink, ASCAP/BMI; Valory Music
– The track bobs and bops and burbles. He babbles atop it about falling in love. There’s not much of a tune, here, but plenty of energy crackles in it.
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