Review – Randy Houser’s “What Whiskey Does”

Let’s keep it real: Randy Houser hasn’t exactly been lighting up the charts or getting the critics talking lately. His last album was a bloated mess and it failed to produce a meaningful hit. It would be pretty easy to throw the towel in on an artist who hasn’t shown his true potential in years. Yet just when you thought he was done, Randy Houser bounces back in a big way with his new single “What Whiskey Does.” This is some swampy blues country goodness that hooks you in from the first listen. It’s smooth as molasses with its thick layers of steel guitar and organs. It perfectly fits this drinking heartache song about the man at the end of his wits and trying to find the answers at the bottom of a bottle. Now drinking songs are beaten to death in country music, especially nowadays. But Houser does a great job making it feel relatable and fresh. It’s also a fantastic touch by having co-writer Hillary Lindsey on backing vocals, giving the song another layer. “What Whiskey Does” is simply great. Welcome back, Randy Houser.

Grade: 8/10

Songwriters: Randy Houser, Hillary Lindsey & Keith Gattis