Here at Wide Open Country, we love sharing our favorite music, whether it's a brand new track that you haven't heard or an oldie that deserves some new attention. Each week, our team of music writers spotlight one song that stands out among the pack. Here's what we're listening to this week.
Lorie's Pick: "Over You," Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence
Bobbie Jean's Pick: "Don't Waste Your Tears," Joshua Hedley
Bobby's Pick: "Goin' Back to Texas," Charley Crockett
Texas native Charley Crockett is a blues picker at heart, but his regional influences go well beyond Lightnin' Hopkins. "Goin' Back to Texas," off new album Lonesome as a Shadow, finds Crockett at the crossroads of Beale Street and Bakersfield. At once, it sounds like Cajun music, a honky tonk crowd-pleaser and even a nod to Bob Wills' jazz influences. With each reference point, Crockett isn't chasing a retro trend or following a producer's sage advice. Instead, he's sharing the genuine roots sound he's sharpened over the years while playing street corners and subways on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jeremy's Pick: "Take Me As I Am," Chuck Adams
Chuck Adams certainly doesn't have the normal country music background -- because he actually got his start writing for artists like Ludacris while signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. But on the soulful singer's debut "Take Me As I Am," Adams embraces the things that make him different from the typical country fare. Like his tattoos and the color of his skin. He relocated to Nashville in 2014, and one of the song's most heartfelt lyrics stems from the move. "A stranger in a foreign land -- that's how I feel in Tennessee," Adams sings. "The good lord made us equal, but it don't feel that way to me." With hints of country, gospel and R&B, Adams delivers something unique and earnest with "Take Me As I Am."
Thomas's Pick: "Not Everything's A Song," Erick Willis
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