Single Review – Little Big Town “Better Man”

Single Review – Little Big Town “Better Man”

Little Big Town has the fortune to have their last single of the year sitting at number 16, over the hump before the winter freeze. Hopefully this one will make it to number 1, if so it will be the second song in around a year to have a solo writer and make number 1, first being Humble and Kind. 

The song was written solely by Taylor Swift, proving what was so amazing about her best songwriting..The ability to write beyond her years. Honestly Swift never came to mind when i heard this, I just thought this was a well written song by the band because it fits like a glove. This is the pre-Girl Crush Little Big Town. Not that I didn’t love Girl Crush, I missed this sound.

The song is about a woman who has left someone ,( husband, boyfriend )most likely verbally or physically abusive, who found the courage to run from her toxic relationship. Throughout the song we feel the regret and the longing for the way things used to be, the good times, and at the same time acceptance that it was for the best. 

Karen Fairchild delivers this like shes lived and breathed every last word, perfect from begining to the end. The groups harmony flows through the choruses perfectly. The production, while bordering pop-country, is beautifully done. This is a song that does what a country song is supposed to do, makes you feel every word.

This is one of the best songs of the year for 2016, thumbs up!  5 stars

Single Review – Justin Moore “Somebody Else Will”

Single Review – Justin Moore “Somebody Else Will”

2016 has brung a different side of Justin Moore, his current album Kinda Don’t Care is alot more contemporary as opposed to the traditional and southern rock of his earlier CDs. Contemporary as it may be, there’s no autotune, and there’s actually real drums on this unlike most of the current R&B trend.

The song is basically more of the same in a way, but at the same time it is a fresh take on the subject. The songs fairly well written but there could be some improvement. Plus I’m a little tired of the brand mentions in half the damn songs on the radio. It’s like a ad in a song.

This is Moore’s least country single that he’s released, and while I wish this was more country honestly this song is a quilty pleasure right now. I do give Justin kudos for trying something a little different and the production is really good, although agian not as country as I’d like. Honestly stuff like this is fine as long as theres balance. I’ll go back to Alan Jackson on the subject and say that I just wish there was equality with pop country and traditional.

Another side note: alot of people criticize Moore’s accent as fake, but I like it. I belive its real and it’s one of his biggest assets.

3 1/2 stars

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Song Review – Reba “Just Like Them Horses”

Song Review – Reba “Just Like Them Horses”

I know this isn’t exactly new, it’s from earlier in the year, I still had to review it. I’ve always been a huge Reba fan admittedly. There’s nobody that can carry the emotions of a song like this than Reba McEntire.

This is a beautiful tribute to her late father Clark McEntire who passed away in October 2014 at age 86. The video was filmed on the McEntire family land, and features her mother. “Mama had to be in the video. She was and still is the glue to our family,” McEntire says. “We shot the entire video in Chockie, Okla. on the McEntire home-place. Those old hills mean a lot to me. I lived there 21 years and they still call me back time after time.”

The production is gorgeous on this song, Tony Brown made some great calls in the studio. This was probably the most traditional of Reba’s latest cd, and one of the most traditional meaningful singles of the last few years from the mainstream. McEntire’s vocals are raw real and emotional on this one, and although she did not write this, ( Tommy Lee James and Liz Hengber did ) she makes it sound like she did. The sigh at the last chorus says it all. I have no complaints about this one, it’s perfect.

5 stars

King George and Jamey Johnson – ” They Kicked Me Out of Country “

King George and Jamey Johnson – ” They Kicked Me Out of Country “

George Strait. The name is mentioned alot amungst the legends like Jones, Haggard, and Waylon who are all namedropped in this song.But radio seems to have forgotten him.The last time we heard a protest from King George was Murder on Music Row with Alan Jackson, another ledgend who has been forgotten by corporate radio. 
This song is one of two new songs on his Strait Out of the Box Volume 2, which is out Friday.Strait talked about the song and the events that led to it at his release show for the boxset at Gruene Hall. He came up with the idea when the two played a charity gold event for the troops. “Last year, Jamey [Johnson] always comes out and plays in it, and at night we get up and do a jam session and play a couple,” Strait explains “So I came of the stage and Jamey says, ‘So when you going back into the studio, I sure would love to send you some songs.’ I said ‘Sure, I’d love to hear them, but they probably won’t play them on the radio anymore. He goes, ‘Yeah, you know they kicked me out of country too.’ I got to thinking about that the next day, and I thought, ‘You know what, that’s a song title there.’ I texted Jamey and I said either you’re going to write it, I’m going to write it, or we’re both going to write it together. So we wrote it together.”And according to Jamey Johnson’s account to The Commercal Appeal, “We wrote it by text message. I don’t know if it’s a first for either one of us, but it’s definitely a first for the two of us working that way together. He sent me these lines, and I sent him some lines back. He really liked it and asked what it would sound like, and I said, ‘Well let me put a melody to it and I’ll send it to you.’ And that’s how it came to be.”

Its unfortunate that its been so long since George Strait has has had a hit single, and Jamey Johnson had moreless fell off the map with radio after In Color. In the age of newer stars pushing out older more talented performers there has been a lot of protest songs but lyricly this one gets it done. There’s none of the bitching and whining about never being on the radio, this is acceptance. This is a realization that radio really doesnt matter in this day and age.That these artists can still do their own thing, and us fans of the good shit can still find it.We don’t have to hear it on the radio anymore. And no matter what, radio or no radio, these guys and many others have fans hungry for the music more than willing to find it.

Lyrics below. And thank you to Kyle Coneros aka Trigger of SCM for the lyrics and the quote from George Strait.

 Id got the news today, the record I sent them they threw it away

It don’t fit the format, don’t make the list
They said I’m too old, won’t even be missed

It happened to Jones, and even The Hag
Willie and Waylon, and the great Johnny Cash
They all got kicked outta country back then
But then one day country came calling again

Cash stomped out the footlights
Haggard, he had a ball
And Willie and Waylon, they stole the nation
And Jones never showed up at all

They lived what the wrote, and wrote what they sang
So getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing
Getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing

I just wrote a new song today
I pulled out my old guitar, and I started to play
Pressing my fingers into the strings
I felt the feeling a country song brings

I did some Jones, and one for The Hag
Waylon and Willie, and the great Johnny Cash
They all got kicked outta country back then
But then one day country came calling again

Cash stomped out the footlights
Haggard, he had a ball
And Willie and Waylon, they stole the nation
And Jones showed up after all

They lived what the wrote, and wrote what they sang
So getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing
Getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing

It don’t really matter, because I ain’t gonna change
Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing

Single Review – Jon Pardi “Dirt on My Boots” 

Jon Pardi has the honor of having the first single review here at Wide World of Country. Pardi’s last single went to number one on the charts and I see this song going in the same direction.
This song incorprates some EDM elements, which have been heavily criticized as of late. But this is not Sam Hunt. The production is a smart blend of modern and traditional.

My big criticism is the cliché lyrics in places. Lyrics such as “Got a little mud on my wheels but they gonna shine with you up inside” come straight from the bro-country checklist. Nevertheless Pardi’s delivery of the song and the catchiness makes you over look this.

Hopefully this song will open the doors for the more traditional She Ain’t in It and Cowboy Hat, which would help restore some balance to the radio waves.

Our ratings range from 0 to 5 stars

3 stars

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