A new feature here on Keep It Country Kids is the Random Radio 5-Spot. In this feature, I will select a local country station and listen to the first 5 songs that come on. Regardless of relevance or impact, I will do a quick review of those 5 songs. It could be the 5 newest hits, could be during the classic hour, could be anything in between! Enjoy!
Song 1: Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer- Billy Currington
There isn't really much to say about this song. It's funny the first time, but the joke can wear thin over time. It certainly has a very country sound, with fiddle, steel, and twangy harmony. Billy seems to have a thing for songs that don't require a whole lot of singing (not that that is a bad thing), but it is noticeable. "People Are Crazy" and this song seem similar. Overall, it isn't a brain exerciser, a classic, or even really memorable, but it isn't bad either. It is what it is, what more can I say?
Song 2 "Lovin' You Is Fun" - Easton Corbin
I love this guy. He sounds like the second coming of George Strait. Easton delivers easy, fun, radio ready traditional country in his sleep. He is on my radar as a soon-to-be big star. This song is lighthearted, catchy, and country. It's hard to find songs like this on the radio anymore. As stated before, this could be a George Strait cut any day. Easton has a bright future, count me as a big fan.
Song 3 "Take A Back Road" -Rodney Atkins
Blah. This song isn't bad, but it isn't good. I've heard songs like it a thousand times before, so I'm just a little tired of the concept. Rodney is a likable guy, and some of his songs aren't bad, but this just blends in completely. Furthermore, he may be talking about listening to a George Strait release from 1982, but I always think of the song "1982" and its Randy Travis, NOT George Strait. Drives me crazy. I could be wrong, but that always irks me. This song gets a big meh.
Song 4 "Be Grateful" -The Farm
This is the first time I have heard this song. First glance isn't bad. I think the tune is a little forgettable, the lyrics can be borderline cheesy, but the message is solid. Who out there couldn't be a little more grateful for the things they have? I can see this being a Top 10 hit, but it isn't a world changer. I think The Farm is a decent enough band, I know they have some talented people in the group. This song gets a point for the message, loses a point for the mediocre sound.
Song 5 "All My Friends Say" -Luke Bryan
Ahhhh, Lukey Luke, my favorite gyrating country pretty boy. Look, this song isn't that bad. It's a fun little radio number, and it sounds pretty country. I used to think Luke Bryan had serious potential. I still do. He has killer pipes, and even with his new found fame, his music is still sonically country, even if the lyrics are dribble. I think when the fad of him air humping in front of wide eyed teenage girls wears off, he will go back to putting out substance. This song is not a world changer, but it's much more tolerable than the douchey persona he puts forth now. Come back old Luke, I'll forgive you if you promise never to pelvic thrust again. I swear.
So, there you have it, the first Random Radio 5-Spot. This is trial and error, so let me know what you think, maybe I will do this again in the future!!!