How Country Feels by Randy Houser
Nashville’s country music insiders have known for some time that Randy Houser is one of the finest male vocalists the community has ever welcomed. The authenticity in his voice reveals itself in that he sings with the same growl and drawl with which he speaks. While radio and media have tried to label the Mississippi boy as a swampy country-rocker or an emotive singer/songwriter, the simple fact that neither can agree with the other is validation of his impressive versatility. And that notion is reinforced on his latest album, How Country Feels, his first for Stoney Creek.
Randy introduced fans to the new project with the infectious title track, which he has professed to record because of its fun let your hair down, hair down lyric. But the entire project is overflowing with hooky, singalong tracks. Songs such as “Top of the World” and “Goodnight Kiss” use repetitive lyrics to engage listeners, while a fist-pumping groove on “Sunshine on the Line” is a surefire crowd-pleaser in Randy’s live set list.
Among the remaining standout tracks is “The Singer,” which laments the unrequited love a woman feels for the musician in her life, much in the vein of the Kenny Rogers’ classic “Sweet Music Man.” And anyone who professes to love country music for its relatable lyrics will find “The Power of a Song” especially compelling.