It’s a HUGE day for Randy Houser today as he releases his highly anticipated third studio album, How Country Feels. The new album features 15 amazing songs, 7 of which were co-written by Houser. Randy’s hard work & efforts are significantly evident, and a testimony to country music is delivered throughout the entire album. Randy Houser sets the bar high for 2013 album releases.
Our official CMR Contributor, Bobby C., took a listen to the album and shared his thoughts with an album review: This is Randy Houser’s third album and first for Stoney Creek Records, to which he was signed in 2011. How Country Feels sets the bar incredibly high. Its not fair to other albums because of how good it really is. Fifteen tracks make up this album that features songs that not only tell a story, but make you feel like you are living the story. Every song is relatable. In my attempt to describe Randy’s voice, I couldn’t do it justice. Ashley Greninger from KIX 95.3 in Washington State had the best description I’ve seen. “Its pureness lures you in, captivating. Whether you’re a country music fan or not.” I couldn’t agree more.
How Country Feels starts with “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”. The upbeat songs sets the scene for the whole album. Time to go hop into the truck and let’s go. We can go anywhere you want to go. We can stay out all night, just hanging out. Randy was excited to share with CountryMusic rocks that “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” will serve as the second single to be released to country radio. “I think it’s going to be a bigger song than “How Country Feel.” It was one of the last songs we recorded for this record. I’m not sure it wouldn’t have been the first single had we had it already.” “Runin’ Outta Moonlight” will no doubt race up the charts.
“Growin’ Younger” is a carefree song about embracing living in the moment, right here, right now. “Top Of The World” is how you feel when you are with the one you love. Randy is able to capture that emotion very well, “Baby don’t it feel like we’re on top of the world?” I know I’ve been there and felt that.
“The Singer” is one of the most interesting songs I’ve heard from a country artist in some time. While the song is about a fan who loves her favorite singer, the deeper context of the song is something that made me think. Did the singer love her back ? Did they have a real relationship?
Every now and then, you hear a song that speaks to you. Whether it be a slow song, or a rocking ballad, there is something that we latch onto. “Power Of A Song” is the song about those songs. The power of music and lyrics is like nothing else in this world. It has the ability to move our minds, hearts, and souls. Randy absolutely nails it!
“Absolutely Nothing” speaks to just that. Just being lazy and not having to worry about anything at all. Just hanging out by the water, enjoying the day. The talking lyrics are perfect for this song. It makes me wish I was sitting on the riverbank, watching the water roll by.
“Wherever Love Goes” featuring Kristy Lee Cook, is a powerful duet. The vocals of both Kristy and Randy are a good blend of power and elegance.
There are many people who would love to be a cowboy. The freedom is very alluring. The thought of being out in the open, riding on a horse is a fantasy that not many get to live. “Like A Cowboy” is the personal side of the relationship. You can’t pin down a wandering spirit for long. The cowboy might enjoy some down time, but he’ll be gone before the sun rises.
“How Country Feels”, is what I feel is the complete country love song. The first release off the album just went to #1 on the country charts. “Along For The Ride” is another powerful song. Asking the question, if you got to see into the future, would you want to know what happens ? Since we don’t have any control on what will happen, why do we worry ?
“Sunshine On The Line” is a rockin’ song. With guitars riffs that make you want to crank it up, this song is one that you’ll put on your playlists for a long time to come.
When you find that girl or guy, you spend time with them, you don’t usually want to say goodbye. “Goodnight Kiss” is that feeling you have when you don’t want to do anything else. You just want to stay in one place and enjoy the time with your special someone. “It started with a long goodbye, get wrapped uptight, let’s spend all night right here, it started with a goodnight kiss…”
There comes a time in every relationship, where something happens that could effectively end it. “Let’s Not Let It” talks about not letting the things get to that point, where ending it is the solution. You have to fight for your love and fight for the other person.
Moonshine is a very popular beverage. While making it is illegal without a license, people do it all time. “Shine” talks about one such man, making the drink deep in the woods.
“Route 3 Box 250 D” is one of the most powerful songs on this album. Having to deal with an abusive relationship, and praying things would get better, this song tells the story of a child who had to grow up much sooner than he should have. Houser tells CountryMusicRocks, “This song is very, very personal to me and my family. Once people hear that song on the record they will know it’s completely personal, and I have a strong connection to that song.”
How Country Feels is a great listen from start to finish. This album needs to be in your CD player or on digital music player. Several songs here are radio worthy and I think Randy Houser should be very proud of this album. How Country Feels needs to be considered award worthy.
How Country Feels is available in stores now, as well as digital outlets such as iTunes by clicking HERE. Keep up with Randy by visiting his Official Website, Like him on Facebook and Follow him on Twitter.