Naked by Andy Griggs

Unless you’re an extreme audiophile who listens to music to critique equalization, amplification, digital-to-analog, blah, blah, blah . . . most listeners latch onto a song because of a melody, a voice or a lyric. So Andy Griggs did something really clever. He stripped away the high-tech production on his new album, Naked, and presents the things you love—a melody, a voice and an amazing stack of songs. 

The project shows a real lack of ego for Andy, who has been absent from radio’s airwaves for about eight years. It boasts both original tunes and covers, like the Waylon Jennings-penned “Old Timer”—perhaps a tip of the hat to the presumed influence that bears a murmur of presence in both Griggs’ songwriting and swagger.

But the bravado turns tender in songs like the aching ballad “Thrown Away.” Co-written with hitmaker Casey Beathard, the song showcases his effortless vibrato and the passion Andy has for a song. And while you can’t outwrite Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” which he covers on Naked, he holds his own in his original tune “Superman.” 

This is what you’d want at any Nashville songwriter’s round—pure, simple goodness. 

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