Randy Houser’s New Album How Country Feels Well Worth the Wait! With the first few guitar strums and drum beats of “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight“, the first track on Randy Houser‘s new album How Country Feels, country fans are sure to be hooked. This first song has more of a pop edge than I expected from Houser, but its feel good, live in the moment lyrics immediately made me feel warm and happy (despite the cold January chill right outside my window!). From that first song, the record just gets better and better as it balances between a variety of sounds, themes and rhythms. Upbeat and Living In The Moment. Tracks like “Growin’ Younger,” “Top Of The World” “Absolutely Nothing,” “Goodnight Kiss,” and “Let’s Not Let It” keep things on the livelier side going back and forth between pop-ish (“Goodnight“) and more rock-ish (“Growin“). Lyrically, these songs encourage focusing on the important things in life and living in the moment in that way only a country song seems to be able to do. Anyone of these songs would be perfect for a Friday night bonfire or a lazy afternoon, and country fans are sure to have them playing on repeat. Slow and Bittersweet. On the other hand, Houser, slows things down and strikes a bittersweet note with the lovesick tune “The Singer“, almost ballad-esque tracks like “Power of A Song,” and “Like A Cowboy,” and the gospel tinged “Along For The Ride.” The music and lyrics of these tracks add an extra dimension to the album when placed along the faster songs, and proves that Randy Houser is capable of offering fans more than just one brand of country. Southern Rock Vibe. This album also embodies a broad spectrum of a southern rock vibe that is distinctly heard in three of the songs, title track “How Country Feels, “Shine” and “Sunshine On The Line.” If you were to put these three songs on that southern rock spectrum “How Country Feels” is at the least intense end with more pop-country mixed in with the electric guitar. “Sunshine On The Line” rests at the opposite end of that spectrum bordering on an almost hard rock sound opening with an intense guitar riff and raw vocals from Houser. “Shine” features a blue collar storyline, noticeable keyboards and more electric guitar than you hear from the average mainstream country tune. It’s not quite as intense as “Sunshine” and lacks any of the radio pop friendly elements in the title track, so it rests in the middle of the spectrum. Altogether, this southern rock vibe just adds yet another layer to Randy’s already complex sound heard throughout the album. A Heck of a Duet. One of the best moments on this album, though, is the powerful duet between Houser and CMNB favorite Kristy Lee Cook on “Wherever Love Goes“! Houser’s and Cook’s voices blend perfectly and compliment each other wonderfully. One thing I really appreciate is the mellow production on this song, the music is toned Continue reading
Randy Houser Gets First #1 Single With “How Country Feels.” The CMNB team would like to give a huge congratulations to Randy Houser! He reached the top for the first time with his current single “How Country Feels.” Houser tweeted earlier today, “Thank all of u for congratulating me on my 1st number 1!!! I’m so thrilled and blessed. Thank u Country Radio and listeners for ur support.” The song is a favorite in our office and the honor of a #1 slot is well deserved. To top it off, Houser releases his brand new album at midnight! Get your copy of How Country Feels and enjoy all 15 tracks on it!
Randy Houser New Album Details, To Release Tuesday, January 22, 2013! This is the kind of country music news we like to hear about!! Randy Houser has announced the official date for his upcoming album release, How Country Feels! Fans can get their hands on the new album right after the first of the year on Tuesday, January 22nd! The album will feature 15 tracks including 7 that were written by Houser himself, and was produced by Derek George (aka the first person Randy met when he moved to Nashville…there’s a fun fact!) “I’ve wanted to work with him since day one. We just clicked… he comes from my home state of Mississippi and we share a similar creative vision that I think really shines through on this new album… can’t wait for ya’ll to hear it!” -Randy Houser The new album is being released via Stoney Creek Records, and is Houser’s 3rd studio album! We can’t wait to get our ears on this! You can catch Randy on the road as he is currently out and about performing…dates and details below. How Country Feels Track Listing: 1. “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (3:14) 2. “Growin’ Younger” (4:53) (co-written by Houser) 3. “Top Of The World” (3:17) 4. “The Singer” (4:20) 5. “Power Of A Song” (3:41) (co-written by Houser) 6. “Absolutely Nothing” (3:02) 7. “Wherever Love Goes” (with Kristy Lee Cook) (4:16) 8. “Like A Cowboy” (4:21) (co-written by Houser) 9. “How Country Feels” (3:05) 10. “Along For The Ride” (3:34) (co-written by Houser) 11. “Sunshine On the Line” (3:20) (co-written by Houser) 12. “Goodnight Kiss” (3:27) (co-written by Houser) 13. “Let’s Not Let It” (3:09) 14. “Shine” (4:56) 15. “Route 3 Box 250 D” (3:52) (co-written by Houser)