Archive | September, 2011

Eric Paslay

28 Sep

In March 2011, I attended Tin Pan South in Nashville, which is the largest songwriter festival with hit songwriters performing at all the venues around Nashville. One of those nights I was at Douglas Corner to see Allen Shamblin (The House that Built Me) with a group of friends from Texas and was amazed by a special guest. This young guy was tall and lean and a hell of a guitar player. He inspired me with the grooves he was banging out on his acoustic guitar. His name was Eric Paslay and his performance was one of the most memorable performances over the entire week competing with huge hit writers such as Hillary Lindsey (Jesus Take the Wheel) and  Josh Kear (Need You Now)

Now only 6 months later, Eric finds himself at the top of the billboard charts with Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and on top of that he has signed his own record deal with EMI records and released his own first single “Never Really Wanted”. His unique style of country is the future of country music and I know we will be hearing much more from this great songwriter and artist.

If you have never heard of Eric Paslay, now is the time to check him out:

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#1 Country Billboard Song for September 10

16 Sep

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are no strangers to the number one country spot, but this week they achieved it together with a powerful duet, “Remind Me” which was written by Brad along with Chris Dubios and Kelly Lovelace. The premises of this power ballad is a married couple who has forgotten what it was like to be in a brand new relationship. What I love the most about this song is how they go back and forth with the hook “Remind Me” as Brad and Carrie bring up things that they have forgotten along the way in their relationship such as “the way I used to kiss your neck” and “kissing goodbye and we couldn’t stop.”

The interesting thing about the structure of this song is there really is no chorus. The only part that somewhat resembles a chorus is the line “So on fire and so in love”, but each time it’s repeated it ends with a different phrase. I think the driving force is the repetition of the hook “Remind Me” after each phrase. One thing that I do like though is in the first part, Brad is singing the main lines and Carrie is singing the “Remind Me” parts and then in the second part it’s reversed with Carrie singing the main lines and Brad singing the “Remind Me” parts.

I actually read in Country Weekly that Brad wrote the song with Carrie in mind  as they had been talking about doing a duet and couldn’t get their schedules together. The song made Brad’s “This is Country Music” album at the very last minute before he submitted the project to his label.  I think this is a very well written country ballad, but I find  it very comparable to the duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” sung by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson and I’m not sure it stands up to the 3 week number one smash hit. What do you think?