Reminiscent of classic 90’s dance hall greats that make you what to take someone dancing under neon, Randy Houser kicks off 2019 in elaborate fashion. A classic taste of country, delivered in a well curated package at just the right time, Houser’s latest album: Magnolia is a classic in its own right with only a couple weeks under its belt. With anticipation mounting and fans awaiting new music from the Mississippi native, Houser’s well marinated and slow cooked new album packs a powerful bluesy punch with new flavors of country for fans to enjoy.
The first single from Magnolia, “What Whiskey Does”, a duet featuring Hillary Lindsey is a slow dancing masterpiece. The track is beautifully layered, with organ padding and steel guitars swelling around lyrics that cut straight to the chase. The track was debuted in December of 2018 to great response, peaking at 36th on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. With a well rounded catalogue, the album covers all facets of classic and genuine country. Houser, who wrote or co-wrote each song on the record, was allowed freedom and support from his label Stoney Creek Records, and the support was just what the doctor ordered.
Along the 47 minute journey that is Magnolia, listeners experience toe tapping grooves and fast lane highway jams such as “No Stone Unturned” and “Whole Lotta Quit”, songs that make you want to drive, leaving your stresses in the dust. Not to mention songs that are just plain catchy, with day altering hooks. While uplifting, the album also gives listeners a feeling of the inevitable pain that true love and leaving can do to a man, in tracks like “No Good Place To Cry” and “What Leaving Looks Like”.
Overall, the album gives a new perspective to old views of heartache and triumph all delivered in the harmonica rich, and organ laden blues of Mississippi country. And for the fans that were left waiting and hoping for new tunes from Randy Houser during the 2 long years of silence, the album is a refreshing and awakening way to begin the year. With the album taking Houser back to his roots, fans are sure to be pleased with the tasteful release and will be awaiting news of shows to come! The only way to beat hearing the Magnolia record, would be to hear it live.
Author: Blake Junior