Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mickey Guyton "Better Than You Left Me" Single Review

      Mickey Guyton is certainly living the dream right now. This Texan has a new single getting a lot of airplay and even more buzz for its cool, throwback sound. As far as debut singles go, this is as good as they get. “Better Than You Left Me” is the breezy, cool, intelligent country-pop that is sorely missing from the radio. Like Lee-Ann Rimes and Patsy Cline before her, Mickey is making soulful country very hip again.

     “Better Than You Left Me” is an empowering song that looks back on the growth after a break-up. Mickey Guyton sings it like someone who has been there before. She has a big, powerful voice that is undeniably country. The song is arranged in a very unique style. Is it radio-friendly pop-country? Absolutely. Is it straight-up country? Absolutely. There was a time when being pop-country wasn’t a bad thing, just a different thing. Pop-country used to just be country music with some pop stylings. It didn’t use to mean a total abandonment of anything resembling country music. “Better Than You Left Me” is in the same cloth as a Patsy Cline song, as it sounds contemporary, yet still keeps the elements that set it apart as country music. It has a sweet melody that sounds uplifting, and a steel guitar-led accompaniment that sounds just perfect.

     Mickey Guyton is certainly a name to keep an eye on. She performed a rendition of “Crazy” at the White House for a PBS special that was simply perfect. Her debut EP, Unbreakable, is very twangy and features Mickey’s fantastic voice very well. She was named an opening act for Brad Paisley’s next tour, and she recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut, at the Ryman Auditorium nonetheless. She should be releasing an album this year, and I’m looking forward to hearing it.

      Lord knows we desperately need some more strong women in country music. The legacy of women in country is a long one, peppered with stars like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, and now Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. There hasn’t been any new mainstream stars that could break into the ranks and make a name for themselves in the past few years. We are in danger of being a men’s club if we aren’t careful. Mickey Guyton certainly has the talent to break out and become a big star. Here’s to hoping Mickey will be one that makes it, and hopefully she always keeps it country!

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