Best in Show Nashville’s New Country

Best in Show: Nashville’s New Country #103

It was the very first song from this week’s show and I was almost certain as soon as I heard it that it would be winning Best in Show, but more on who that turned out to be later. This first song I am referring to is Can’t Shake You by Gloriana, who are a band that I have only come to know in the last couple of weeks, but who have been around for since 2008. Can’t Shake You is abut the aftershocks of a failed relationship that I think most of us can relate to from some point in our past. It has the sound of Lady Antebellum and on hearing this song I did wonder if it was the same band that a friend referred to as Like a better looking Lady Antebellum. When it was revealed that it was Gloriana, the answer was yes, it’s the same band she was referencing, though I’ve not seen them to comment on their looks!

Speaking of Lady Antebellum, they followed Gloriana with their new song Downtown. I would link the video but it seems EMI have restricted access to the UK on both their official video and any other subsequent uploads. I’m still not sure about this as a Lady Antebellum single. I like that Hillary takes the lead on the vocals but it feels more like a song for a solo singer than a band with dual vocalists. The story goes that Miranda Lambert was going to record Downtown but she passed it over to Lady Antebellum when she heard they were interested in cutting it. I have to admit that I’d prefer for it to have been cut by Miranda. there’s no doubt we can hear a sassiness in Hillary’s voice that we’ve not heard before, but in spite of that I think it would have been a better for Miranda. Maybe some of this comes from me having a Miranda Lambert week last week – she’s currently riding high on my iPod playlist.

While I usually like most of what is played on Nashville’s New Country, for two weeks in a row there is one song that hasn’t appealed to me at all, that being Don’t Rush by Kelly Clarkson. It sounds very dated and not in a cool retro way. It also apparently features Vince Gill, but aside from joining in for the ofdd harmony he is somewhat absent from the track – good judgment on his part maybe.

So on to this week’s winner, and after Nashville’s New Country played a rare double header, it’s Eric Church who again walks away with best in Show, this time with Keep On.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a guy sees girl, girl likes guy, girls boyfriend gets macho, new guy makes him look small, girl goes off with guy type of story, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The use of the chorus to describe three different situations is nice, and especially it’s reversal of intention on the 3rd occurance. It does need a music video, although him being signed with EMI would probably mean I wouldn’t be permitted to see it here in the UK anyway.

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Best in Show: Nashville’s New Country #102

I’m a huge fan of podcasts and when I started listening to country music last February, one of the first things I did was search for some podcasts. Well some may have been a bit optimistic but I did at least find one that is kept updated regularly, that being Nashville’s New Country. It may well be the only one I could find, but it’s pretty much the best of the many podcasts I listen to every week. Host Steve Southward is a fantastic, with a ton of knowledge and a hugely welcoming and infectiously enthusiastic presenting style. It’s on this very show early last year that I first heard Dustin Lynch’s Cowboys and Angels. As this show introduces me to so many new songs and artists I thought I’d do a Best in Show post every week where I choose my favourite song from that show that week – pretty self explanatory really, but you never know! So here we go with the very first one…

To say it is hard picking just 1 song from this week’s show is a huge understatement. I adore Jana Kramer’s Whiskey, but because I featured that on my big Twitter post a few days ago I’m going to go with something else. I love Miranda Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart and especially the bass that takes the primary instrument role. I’ve only just recently got to know Love & Theft and their track Runnin’ Out Of Air which was played on last week’s show. Also new to me are Florida Georgia Line who are currently number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Songs with Cruise. However it’s their new song Get Your Shine On which was played on show #102 and is actually available as a free download here. Both the songs from these bands could easily get Best in Show this week…but they didn’t, not this time.

I really like Easton Corbin’s All Over The Road and I remember hearing his previous single Lovin’ You Is Fun on this very show last year. There are also great songs by Jake Owen, newcomer Joel Crouse and quite a few others, but Best in Show for #102 goes to Eric Church and his latest single Like Jesus Does.

Having only recently got his album Chief I’m on a bit of an Eric Church run at the moment and this song is great both lyrically and musically. I can identify with some of the song, maybe not to the extremes that he describes himself, and I also like the way he uses lyrics from American Pie and references Waylon Jennings and one of his songs. It was a really tough week to separate one from the other and maybe on a different day, in a different mood I’d choose one of the others, but right here and now Best in Show goes to Eric Church and Like Jesus Does.

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