Let It Go – Tim McGraw
Robert Johnson at the crossroads, devil on your back, carrying the past in a hundred-pound sack, head up high, standing in the rain, skeletons and ghosts hiding in the shadows, no more tears to cry, wash it all away. Way to settle on an image, team.
Flip Flops – Billy Craig
Raffi wrote this island song for Kenny Chesney. Kenny passed on it, so Billy Craig got it. Actually, that’s not true. Billy Craig apparently wrote it himself. Very strange, but a daring release in its own way.
You’re Not My Judge – Kate and Kacey Coppola
You know, I’ve always said that if Naomi Judd were so unjustifiably mean to me on national television that all of America was on my side, I would be sure to make my first radio single an infantile rant against her that effectively obliterated all the public’s sympathy for me.
Somebody Said a Prayer – Billy Ray Cyrus
This reminds me of Tim McGraw in his uplifting, anthemic “Live Like You Were Dying” mode. As it turns out, the link between the two songs is songwriter Craig Wiseman. Billy Ray gives a commendable performance, so why am I so bored? Blame a song structure and generic inspirational message that both reek of Nashville formula.
Bartender Song (Sittin’ at a Bar) – Rehab
Because country needs another Kid Rock? I don’t get it.
I Would – Phil Vassar
Phil Vassar, a fine pop songwriter, gets about as close to country as he ever has on this release. The lyrics are mostly forgettable, but it just might ride up the charts on its pleasant, rolling tempo anyway.