So when word was out that Steven Tyler was going to release a country album, the skeptical probably thought, “Dream on, Dude!”
Now that “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” the title of that project, is out and, yes, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, I say, “Country on, Steven! and bring on the cornbread!”
Tyler gives a lot of love to the people who helped him in this Nashville journey, from the songwriters, like Hillary Lindsey, who helped him “find my country voice,” and those who listened to his songs and had “late night discussions” with him. This is not Steven Tyler trying to sound country, it’s Steven Tyler country and that is what makes it. The frontman of Aerosmith is there in the vocals.
The tracks include a new version of a song Tyler wrote in 1989, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” the story of a young girl who is abused by her father, based on the experiences of a woman he met in a recovery program. Now as a father and grandfather, Tyler says, on www.janiesfund.org, he wants to do what he can “to help and support others who are in pain.” He founded Janies Fund to do that, to help girls and young women overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. “‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ nah, I’m proud to say now Janies got a fund,” he says in a video at the website explaining why he started the fund.
On a cheerier note, he co-wrote 12 of the 15 tracks on the album, along with some of Nashville’s cream of the crop, like Brad and Brett Warren, Hillary Lindsey, Rhett Atkins, Jaren Johnston (Cadillac Three) and a production team that also included T Bone Burnett and Dann Huff.
He sings with country angst in “My Own Worst Enemy,” and you can almost see them skipping around the studio singing “I Make My Own Sunshine,” … it makes me happy and because I am an optimist, I like that “It don’t matter if it’s raining, nothing can phase me, I make my own sunshine.”
“Red, White and You” is the current single from the album, which is on Dot Records, part of the Big Machine Label Group.
I’ve listened to this album a lot. I give it 5 out of 5 for variety, Steven Tyler staying true to Steven Tyler, and for making me feel good when I listen to: “Love Is Your Name,” “I Make My Own Sunshine,” “Gypsy Girl,” “Somebody New,” “Red, White & You” and the classic “Piece of My Heart,” (with the Love Mary Band).
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“Kinda Don’t Care.”
Naw, this isn’t election talk … which by the way you should care about.
It’s Justin Moore’s new album title. And he kinda looks like Chesney in the cover photo. The title track was written by Rhett Atkins, Ross Copperman and Ben Hayslip, about doing the right stuff but it kinda didn’t matter cause she kinda doesn’t care anymore and “Hell, if you don’t care, Then I kinda don’t care …”
“Hell on a Highway” was on hold for Luke Bryan, but Justin wanted. So, being two good old country boys, Justin rang up Luke and, he tells The Boot.com, Luke told him if you want it, you can have it. Another she’s gone song.
‘Kinda Don’t Care” is Justin’s fourth studio album. He knew this one would be an important step in his career and his record label gave him the space to do that. The first single, “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” was also the first song he recorded for the album. He describes it as the “quintessential Justin song.”
He says his favorite song on the album may be “Somebody Else Will,” with a R&B, kind of bluesy vibe. Some of the songs he admits took him outside of his comfort zone, but he says it sounds like Justin Moore, Justin in 2016.
The lead track, “Robbin’ Trains,” is throwback, like about a hundred years ago. Songwriters Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan and the Josh Thompson co-wrote this song about what these rowdy boys would have been doing if they had been born back in the day.
“Put Me In A Box,” (Erik Dylan and Randy Montana) is actually a love song, a shock to the heart kind of love. “You Look Like I Need a Drink” (Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem and Natalie Hemby) is one of those catchy country songs that grabs you every so often, sure to be a crowd-pleaser live. But the one that will truly come to life live is “More Middle Fingers” (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Shane Minor) featuring Brantley Gilbert, and it’s about, yep, having more birds to flip because there are just so many reasons to do it, “let ’em flip like you don’t give a rip, like your mama ain’t there.”
I give this one 4 out of 5 and for Justin taking some risks and making them his kinda’ country, cause we, his fans, kinda do care. Top picks: “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” “Robbin’ Trains,” “Hell on a Highway,” “More Middle Fingers.”
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“Bury Me In My Boots”
That’s the title track from Cadillac Three’s new album. The C3, Kelby Ray Caldwell, Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason, co-wrote this song about when the sand in the hourglass runs out, here’s what to do (boots, whiskey and one last kiss, and a party) and not (“don’t dress me up like I’m a-goin’ out on Saturday night.”)
I didn’t know TC3’s music before this album (#2), but I knew Jaren Johnston’s songwriting, though I didn’t know it at the time, he had a hand in songs like “Beachin'”, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” “Raise Em Up,” “Southern Girl,” “Young in America” and “It All Started With a Beer.”
Johnston’s voice is the definition of southern twang, it’s probably there in the dictionary, if anyone has one of those anymore.
I was lured in with the first song, “Bury Me In My Boots,” and took the bait with #2 “Slide,” a fast-paced, knee-slapper. “This Accent” takes those symbols of country (F-150, a dog, the barn) away but you can’t take what’s been handed down from father to son for generations: the southern accent.
Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli join the band on “The South,” another Southern anthem. And they put the hot in damn with “Hot Damn,” one of those you put the something in something songs.
I rate this one 5 out of 5: This is a live show collection of songs, from southern anthems to soft-side ballads, and some fresh lyrics. And I would listen to any of them if they came on the radio, so let ’em air country radio! Top picks: “Slide,” “Bury Me In My Boots,” “Graffiti,” “Soundtrack to a Six Pack,” “White Lightning” and “This Accent.”