Song Reviews

Brantley Gilbert, ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ – Song Review
It’s difficult to overstate how important ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ is to Brantley Gilbert‘s career and the direction of country music. It’s a line drawn in the red Georgia clay — after two releases that held back — to allow those not previously familiar with the Jefferson-born singer to get acquainte…
Parmalee, ‘Musta Had a Good Time’ – Song Review
Country newcomers Parmalee come from the North Carolina rock scene, and it shows on ‘Musta Had a Good Time,’ their debut single on Stoney Creek Records. The loud and rowdy track relies on a screaming guitar lick and rock n’ roll riffs, which stand out like Maril…
Lonestar, ‘The Countdown’ – Song Review
Lonestar celebrate 20 years of music in 2012. Of course, Richie McDonald stepped aside to pursue a solo career for four of those years, but the accomplishment is still noteworthy. Their new song ‘The Countdown’ reminds fans how how sharp the group is musically and how tight the…
Eric Church, ‘Creepin" – Song Review
Eric Church has chosen what could one day be his encore song as the fourth single from ‘Chief.’ ‘Creepin” isn’t the best song on the album — it may not even be in the Top 3. However, it’s the project&CloseCurlyQu…
Gretchen Wilson, ‘One Good Friend’ – Song Review
Gretchen Wilson may not be one of country music’s top female vocalists any longer. No, she’s transcended the genre, in a way Alison Krauss did her’s years ago. Except Wilson’s not getting any of the recognition, until maybe now. ‘One Good Friend’ is a brilliant ballad about the meaning of friendship…
Trace Adkins, ‘Them Lips (On Mine)’ – Song Review
Perhaps this was the song Trace Adkins was recording naked? The big man has become quite a sex symbol for women over a certain age, and his new song ‘Them Lips (On Mine)’ is sure to stir their pots. Adkins avoids lyrical euphemisms, but underscores his steamy message with sugge…
Jessie James, ‘Military Man’ – Song Review
Jessie James has the voice and the passion to be a force in country music, she just needs the right song. Her new single ‘Military Man’ will find a special place in the hearts of military families, but that audience — while important — isn’t large en…
Rascal Flatts, ‘Come Wake Me Up’ – Song Review
When he’s on, few vocalists commit to an emotion quite like Rascal Flatts‘ Gary LeVox. The singer will recklessly throw himself into love, heartbreak or desperation. ‘Come Wake Me Up,’ the new single from ‘Changed,’ is another fine ex…

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