I had the privilege of attending Frank Maroney’s album release show last week and my takeaway at the end of the show was this: Maroney exemplifies the best of country music and what we all want to experience when we listen to it.
I felt myself wanting more. He performed all 10 songs off of his Scarecrow and then one additional song after the crowd begged and pleaded with him. I don’t say this often, but I truly could have listened to him for a few more hours.
He kicks off the album with “Beer Right Here” and “Front Porch Time” and they’re the type of songs that could be the backdrop to those nights you spend around the fire drinking beers with your buddies.
One of my favorites on the album is “Neon & Vinyl.” A biographical song about who he is as a person and an artist, the song really shines during the chorus when Maroney hits the high note.
“Built to Last” has him singing about relationships that are made to last forever, but then pivots to the groovy “Crazy Fool” which is almost like the prequel to “Built to Last.”
Maroney continues the second half of the album with “Hey There Honey Bee,” a love ballad that has you picturing him serenading his girl.
“Keep Me Up Tonight” is a catchy little number about never wanting to be alone and apart from that special person. You’re going to want to add it to your playlist.
There’s a song on here that I think is something that Keith Urban would record. “See It Now” is a mid-tempo song that just has a ton of meaning to it. This is Maroney at his best. Maroney puts a bow on this great piece of art with “Southern Heart.” A ballad about being saved by a girl, it’s just him and the piano for a beautiful sounding song.
If you’re a fan of country music’s storytelling and ability to relate to the everyday person, then this album is for you. It’s truly a piece of art that I hope people come to appreciate.
Here at Raised On It, we are huge Phil Vassar fans. He’s written some of the biggest country songs, has plenty of top hits himself, and overall is just a great musician to see live. That coupled with the fact that he’s been really accessible by continuing to tour and put out new music makes the connection to his fanbase even stronger.
The Canadian country group The Dungarees released their new EP Twenty Something this week and simply put – it’s a nice piece of musical art.
It’s the group’s first EP in about 5 years and it didn’t disappoint. There’s a modern, yet traditional sound to it that is refreshing in the country music scene.
“Broken Down,” is a fun, uptempo song that gets the album off and running as they realize that the relationship is heading in the wrong trajectory.
“Twenty Something” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I’m always a sucker for a song about life and how we should cherish each and every stage of it.
“Die Tryin'” is the theme song for anyone who is chasing their dream whether it be their career or that cute girl. There’s a subtle folksy sound to this one that is really cool.
“Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Use To” is the groups next single that they’re releasing. The songwriting will pull you in as you think they’re singing about machines and technology, when in reality they’re also referencing people and values.
“Hard Call” gives me a groovy vibe, almost like something you’d imagine Kenny Chesney serenading someone on a coastal beach.
“Bad Habit” has the group singing about how addicted they are to their loved one.
Sometimes it’s better to have zero expectations about something and then be taken back when it blows your mind. Enter Dustin Lynch’s latest album Tullahoma.
Named after his hometown, I had the biggest fear that this album was going to be in the same vein as his 2018 single “Good Girl.” While the song is part of the 11 track album, it’s not only hidden as the final song, but is the outlier of the album. It’s the one piece that doesn’t fit, because the rest of the album is so, so good.
The album starts off with arguably the strongest song, and the next single to hit country radio “Momma’s House.” Instead of a warm and fuzzy song about going home to your parents house for some home cooking, this song takes the unique look on a break up and the need to destroy everything that reminds you of that person.
If this isn’t the song that catches your ear, then no doubt, “I Was Just Thinking About You” will do just that. Lynch gets help from the queen of making ever song better, Lauren Alaina. I already know these two songs are making my most played for 2020.
Tullahoma has some familiar tunes like “Ridin’ Roads” and “Red Dirt, Blue Eyes” from Lynch’s 2019 EP. In all Lynch does what is true and honest to himself, with songs about his country boy upbringing, like “Dirt Roads” and “Little Town Livin’.” Throw out the term bro-country and enjoy listening to some good music from this genuine country boy.
This album was such a pleasant surprise, and while Lynch has always deserved more praise and accolades from the country music community, this album and these songs, his best work yet, will only enhance his career more in the next few years.