The dominant theme in this stack of sounds is booze, booze and more booze. Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Jameson Rodgers (with Luke Combs) and Brad Paisley all have new drinking songs, while Chingy’s collaboration with Meg & Tyler is their perfect party accompaniment.
The Disc of the Day goes to something a little deeper and a lot more rocking. It’s the always delightful Lee Brice and his “One of Them Girls.”
American Idol champ Laine Hardy earns this week’s DisCovery Award.
LUKE BRYAN/One Margarita
Writers: Michael Carter/Matt Dragstrem/Josh Thompson; Producers: Jeff and Jody Stevens; Publishers: Sony-ATV Cross Keys/243 Music/Round Hill/Matt Drag/Big Loud Proud/Big Machine/Two Laine Collections, ASCAP/BMI; Capitol Nashville
-Bopping and charming. As sunny as the summer that will soon be here.
PARKER McCOLLUM/Like A Cowboy
Writers: Al Anderson/Chris Stapleton; Producer: Jon Randall Stewart; Publisher: none listed; MCA Nashville
-Somewhat disappointing. It’s meant to be a thoughtful ballad, but his delivery is bland.
BRAD PAISLEY/No I In Beer
Writer: Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace; Producer: Brad Paisley/Dann Huff/Luke Wooten; Publisher: none listed; Arista
– It’s about togetherness, which is something we probably all need to hear right now. Especially packaged with the wry, good-natured delivery this guy specializes in. A smile and a head bob.
LADY ANTEBELLUM/Champagne Night
Writers: Andrew DeRoberts/Charles Kelley/Dave Haywood/Dave Thomson/Ester Dean/Hillary Scott/Madeline Rae Merlo/Patricia Conroy/Ryan Tedder/Shane McAnally/Tina Annette Gemza; Producer: Shane McAnally/Andrew DeRoberts; Big Machine
-This happy little ditty competed on the TV show Songland. “Drinking beer on a champagne night” sounds exactly like a summer jam.
JAMESON RODGERS & LUKE COMBS/Cold Beer Calling My Name
Writers: Alysa Vanderheym/Brett Tyler/Hunter Phelps/Jameson Rodgers; Producers: Chris Farren/Jake Mitchell; Publishers: none listed; River House Artists/Columbia Nashville
– Every time Combs takes the mic, he takes over the song. He’s such a powerful, personality-packed vocalist that Jameson just can’t keep up. Nevertheless, it’s a country-music rousing good time.
Writers: Jordan Schmidt/Marc Beeson/Mitchell Tenpenny; Producer: Jordan Schmidt; Producer: none listed; Riser House Entertainment/Columbia Nashville
– Live it up while ya can, sez Mitch. The busy-busy track scampers nervously behind him while he gives the lyric plenty of oomph and vocal charisma. Less production, please.
LEE BRICE/One Of Them Girls
Writers: Ashley Gorley/Ben Johnson/Dallas Davidson/Lee Brice; Producers: Ben Glover/Kyle Jacobs/Lee Brice; Publishers: none listed; Curb
-This man can do no wrong, it seems. This terrific tempo tune describes being completely smitten by an independent, self-sufficient gal. The lyric is cool, and it goes without saying that Lee sings the fire out of it.
WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN/Cowboy Cool
Writers: William Michael Morgan/Doug Johnson/Adam Wood; Producer: Doug Johnson & Adam Wood; Publisher: none listed
-He’s such a wonderful country singer. The paint-by-numbers song does nothing for me.
LAINE HARDY/Ground I Grew Up On
Writers: Brandon Kinney/Brett Beavers/Josh Thompson; Producer: Michael Knox; Publisher: none listed; Hollywood Records/19 Recordings
– This boyish 2019 American Idol winner brims with sincerity on this love letter to his hometown. Earnest and warm and endearing.
MEG & TYLER & CHINGY/The Woah Down
Writers: Chingy, Meghan Linsey, Tyler Cain; Producer: Tyler & Chingy; Publisher: none listed; Full Dekk
– “Meg” is Meghan Linsey, formerly of Steel Magnolia and solo. “Tyler” is her fiancé Tyler Cain. Chingy is, of course, a hip-hop superstar. Their collaboration is meant to be an “Old Town Road” or “The Git Up” kinda thang. Meg sings the hoedown dance instructions, but it’s mainly Chingy’s record, thanks to his distinctive midwestern drawl. The whole thing is as catchy as the dickens.
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