Thunder On The Mountain – Day 1 – Through The Eyes Of HaleighT. It is hard to believe that after months of preparation and exited jitters, the first-ever Thunder On The Mountain is behind us. After the three days of non-stop music, I find myself still trying to recover from my sleep deprivation and the loss of my voice. My fun filled work-cation began Wednesday night, June 7. I drove through the beautiful Mulberry Mountains and arrived at the festival grounds to check in and get my media credentials. I then drove to Ozark and had supper at Rivertowne BBQ, the smoked bologna with baked beans was to die! While eating, my partner in crime for the weekend, Melissa and I made some new friends. They were a group, I believe from Iowa, who had floated the river all day and would also be attending TOTM. Campground Set Up. The next morning was a bit of a hectic one, not for me but for those campers who decided to be at the festival gates when they opened at 6am. My cousin, Amme, rolled into the area with her fiancé and a group of friends around 4am. They had eight trucks and 11 campsites between them, over 20 people in their own little village. To say this group came prepared and ready to party is an understatement! Their headquarters were fully equipped with tents, canopies, ice chests, generators, grills, yard games and more. Fortunately for those festival goers who decided to wait for the sun to rise before they showed up, their entrance to the campgrounds and set up went a little smoother. In my down time between morning responsibilities and the first show, I along with Melissa, Riley and Tia (two of my weekend neighbors) went to get the feel of the land. We saw some interesting campsites, passed out fans to cool off festival goers and crossed a treacherously muddy field. At one point we had to cross a newly formed river by using an air mattress that was left behind from Wakarusa as our bridge. We really should have followed the flags that marked off the rough areas…oops. The Music Although campers and festival goers were still rolling in, the music for the day and the entire weekend began at 12:45pm. The first band to take the Country Pavilion stage was Whiskey Myers and boy was this an excellent choice! They definitely set the mood for the weekend and got the crowd primed and ready to go. As soon as Whiskey Myers set was over, the hardest part of TOTM began, choosing which stage to go to and what act to see, because from this point on there were multiple stages occupied with live performances. My day seemed like a whirlwind, I saw Aaron Watson, Shooter Jennings, parts of Bucky Covington, Greg Bates and Reckless Kelly before a short dinner. I then, was BLOWN AWAY by Randy Houser’s performance. I had seen him before, but his type of Continue reading
The Official Music Video For Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” Below is the official music video for Randy Houser’s current single, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” The song comes from Houser’s latest album, How Country Feels. The song- I love! The video- not so much. Not to say the video is horrible or anything, it’s just a pretty predictable vision. But like I said, I’m obsessed with the song. It’s catchy, upbeat, sweet and perfect for any summer playlist! Houser will be performing at the first-ever Thunder On The Mountain this week! If you are in the area, you DON’T want to miss this party, TRUST ME! For those of you who haven’t picked up Houser’s new album, check out MissMolly’s review here and hopefully it will convince you to! Watch “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” below and tell us what you think!
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)
Performers for the 2010 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo have been announced, and leading the pack is Toby Keith! The schedule for the 2010 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is still under construction, however it has been leaked that Toby Keith will be headlining at least one day. Other performers at the event include Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, Randy Houser, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, James Otto, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. Keep your eyes peeled for the full line-up which is expected to come out in January. Please remember that proceeds from the annual stock show and rodeo support Texas youth and education. The organization also seeks to positively influence the agricultural industry in Texas. your support and attendance go a long way!Country Music Photo Gallery