How Country Feels

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shifting to an independent label after two under-performing records released on Show Dog/Universal, pro songwriter turned singer Randy Houser ditches the lean, muscular modern country of 2010's They Call Me Cadillac on its 2013 sequel, How Country Feels, embracing instead the bright, bouncy songs of contemporary country-pop. Houser collaborates with hitmaking, jam-happy troubadour Zac Brown on one song and elsewhere sings a Lee Brice song, hoping that a little bit of Brice's "Hard to Love" rubs off on him. Overall, Houser doesn't bother writing as much as he did the first two times around -- he has seven credits here, which amounts to just under half the record....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shifting to an independent label after two under-performing records released on Show Dog/Universal, pro songwriter turned singer Randy Houser ditches the lean, muscular modern country of 2010's They Call Me Cadillac on its 2013 sequel, How Country Feels, embracing instead the bright, bouncy songs of contemporary country-pop. Houser collaborates with hitmaking, jam-happy troubadour Zac Brown on one song and elsewhere sings a Lee Brice song, hoping that a little bit of Brice's "Hard to Love" rubs off on him. Overall, Houser doesn't bother writing as much as he did the first two times around -- he has seven credits here, which amounts to just under half the record. Much of the album doesn't sound like Brown or Brice, though. The opening one-two punch of "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and "Growin' Younger" are dead-ringers for the cheerful, big-footed stomp of Jake Owen (the former sounds a bit like an answer song to "Bare Foot Blue Jean Night"), and Houser never misses an opportunity to aim for the bleachers, singing in broad terms about "The Power of a Song" and "How Country Feels" and then cuts big, bright tunes to support his thesis. This winds up with a slight, odd disconnect -- it's an unabashed pop album released on an indie -- but Houser has skills as a craftsman and record-maker so How Country Feels is enjoyable even when it winds up playing a bit like a Now This Is Country collection filled with songs that never hit the charts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Stoney Creek Records
  • UPC: 697487677728
  • Catalog Number: 76777
  • Sales rank: 6,151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Runnin' Outta Moonlight (3:13)
  2. 2 Growin' Younger (4:53)
  3. 3 Top of the World (3:17)
  4. 4 The Singer (4:20)
  5. 5 Power of a Song (3:42)
  6. 6 Absolutely Nothing (3:02)
  7. 7 Wherever Love Goes - Kristy Lee Cook (4:16)
  8. 8 Like a Cowboy (4:22)
  9. 9 How Country Feels (3:05)
  10. 10 Along for the Ride (3:35)
  11. 11 Sunshine on the Line (3:20)
  12. 12 Goodnight Kiss (3:26)
  13. 13 Let's Not Let It (3:10)
  14. 14 Shine (4:57)
  15. 15 Route 3 Box 250 D (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Houser Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Derek George Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Lonnie Wilson Percussion, Drums
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks Bass
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders Pedal Steel Guitar
Casey Wood Percussion, Accordion, Keyboards
James Mitchell Electric Guitar
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Kristy Lee Cook Background Vocals
Vanessa Campagna Background Vocals
Russell Terrel Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
John Henry Trinko Keyboards
Technical Credits
Derek George Programming, Producer, Engineer
Trent Summar Composer
Rhett Akins Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Brett James Composer
Kent Blazy Composer
Wendell Mobley Composer
Vicky McGehee Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Brice Long Composer
Randy Houser Composer
Casey Wood Engineer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Larry Hall String Arrangements
Lance Miller Composer
Trent Willmon Composer
Zac Brown Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Justin Weaver Composer
Lee Brice Composer
Ash Bowers Composer
Greg Oswald Booking
Rob Hatch Composer
Ben Hayslip Composer
Joe Leathers Composer
Cory Batten Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Levi Lowrey Composer
Lisa Hentrich Composer
Paul Jenkins Composer
Nick Hartley Management
Kelly Lovelave Composer
Drew Smith Composer
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