DISClaimer: Tenille Townes, The Randy Rogers Band, Tim Dugger Top New Tracks

It’s a spread-the-love kinda day here at DISClaimer.

We have three Disc of the Day winners. The female prize goes to the always awesome Tenille Townes. Our male winner is Tim Dugger, another dependable artist. The group award belongs to veteran crowd pleasers The Randy Rogers Band. All three of these acts deserve far more radio airplay than they are currently receiving.

We have no newcomers today, and thus no DisCovery honoree.

DRAKE WHITE/Eat, Drink & Dream
Writer: Drake White/Tommy Cecil/Greylan James; Publisher: none listed; Producers: Jaren Johnston & Drake White; Reverend White Records
-Loose limbed, rhythmic and funky. It is somewhat over-produced, since it doesn’t give you a sense of what a strong singer/performer this guy is. But I remain a fan.

TENILLE TOWNES/The Most Beautiful Things
Writers: Gordie Sampson/Josh Kear/Tenille Townes; Publisher: none listed; Producer: Jay Joyce; Columbia
-She is a treasure. This touching ballad meditates about the glorious beauty that is all around us, but seldom noticed. Moving and meaningful.

Writers: Jessi Alexander/John Osborne/TJ Osborne; Producers: Jessi Alexander/Jon Randall Stewart/Leslie Richter; Publisher: none listed; Lost Creek
-This is a rump shaker, complete with a pumpin’ backbeat and twangin’ lead guitar. Not to mention two of our most outstanding vocalists. Tap your toes and bop along.

Writers: Danny Wells/Karen Waldrup/Phillip White; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; KW
-I’m not sure what Morgan is doing on this track. He murmurs along charmingly, but it’s really her performance from top to bottom. It’s a lovely ballad about love rescuing a broken spirit.

TIM DUGGER/Home Away From Home
Writers: Andrew DeRoberts/Andy Albert/Devin Dawson; Producer: Brandon Hood; Publisher: none listed; Curb
-I like it that it is a stone-country lyric married to an ultra contemporary production. He sings with warmth and charm about your favorite watering hole. It might be a dive, but it’s where everybody knows your name. I’m into this.

Writers: Brandon Day/Brantley Gilbert/Justin Weaver; Producer: Brandon Day; Publisher: Indiana Angel Music, Songs Of Rhythm House, Songs Of Roc Nation Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Songs Of Peer, Sound Wagon Songs; BMLG
– Brantley’s party invitation promises like a raucous, rocking good time. It’s kinda brainless and repetitive, but maybe that’s what makes it work.

SHERYL CROW & CITIZEN COPE/Lonely Town, Lonely Street
Writer: Bill Withers; Publisher: none listed; Producer: Steve Jordan; SC
-Sheryl is here to remind us that we lost one of the greats last week. Bill Withers created “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me,” then completely dropped out of the music game more than 30 years ago. I’ve never forgotten him, and neither should you. Let this insistent R&B groover serve as a memorial.

RANDY ROGERS BAND/You, Me and a Bottle
Writers: Aaron Raitiere/Kenton Bryant/Randy Rogers; Publisher: none listed; Producers: Tommy Jackson; Thirty Tigers
-Don’t let the title mislead you. It’s really quite sweet and romantic. These guys always seem to hit emotional targets perfectly.

Writers: Mackenzie Porter/Parker Welling/Jordan Sapp; Publisher: Sony-ATV/Mackenzie Porter/Tunes By Trailerparker/Songs of Home Team, no performance rights listed; Producer: Joey Moi/Dave Cohen; Big Loud
-The nostalgia in the lyric is touching. Unfortunately, the over-produced and too-pop track makes it almost impossible to grasp.

Writers: Deric Ruttan/Ryan Beaver; Producer: Shane McAnally/Ben Fowler/Matt McGinn; Publisher: none listed; Monument
-This continues his perfect winning streak. The steady rhythm and chiming guitar work is mixed perfectly beneath his ultra cool vocal performance. A breezy, uplifting ride through springtime. Climb on board.


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