It feels like Billy Currington has been one of the longest tenured artists in the mainstream country scene without anyone noticing. His last album Summer Forever came out in 2015, but it feels much longer. At the time it felt like it didn’t sell well, but looking back his numbers for that album were better than most of the new artists being pushed by radio nowadays. He also had a true hit with that album in the solid heartbreak song “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” Currington now makes his return with new single “Bring It On Over.” Much to my welcome surprise, Currington decides to dip his toes into disco country. It’s an instantly infectious song that also incorporates electronic influences that remind me of Tyminski’s album released last year. Many will complain that the lyrics aren’t deep, but they aren’t trying to be. This is a catchy sex jam that isn’t trying to be anything more than it, so it accomplishes what it sets out to do. With the parade of non-catchy and boring ballads being released as singles in country music nowadays, this is a breath of fresh air. If you’re looking for something that’s fun, catchy and a little different from the rest, “Bring It On Over” has this in spades.
Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip & Jesse Frasure
Little Big Town has been the top superstar group in country music for years now. Yet I feel like this group doesn’t get the credit they deserve. Too often I feel they get dismissed as another pop country group, but really this is a group that puts out a lot of good music. If you’ve seen them in concert, you would know that their knowledge and appreciation of music is deep. Their last album The Breaker was one of their best and now they’re back with the lead single of their next album, “Summer Fever.” If you couldn’t tell from the title, it’s a summer song and it’s an instant jam. Just like Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse,” this song encompasses the disco country sound (I would love to see this sound become the next trend in the genre). It’s infectious, groovy and fun, kind of reminding me of something the Bee Gees would cut. Throw in the lyrics that evoke imagery of the beach and the sounds of a “mix-tape” playing and you have a song that’s a perfect fit on a summer playlist. It’s very much the type of song that works best at a certain time of the year. I will say this song isn’t nearly as catchy as their most recent singles, but it’s the groove that wins you over immediately and the lyrics catch on with more repeated listens. Small quibble aside, Little Big Town delivers a great summer anthem in “Summer Fever.”
Grade: Great Summer Anthem
Songwriters: Cary Barlowe, Karen Fairchild, Jesse Frasure, Sam Romans