How Country Feels

How Country Feels

by Randy HouserRandy Houser


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2013
Label: Stoney Creek Records
UPC: 0697487677728
catalogNumber: 76777
Rank: 8934


  1. Runnin' Outta Moonlight
  2. Growin' Younger
  3. Top of the World
  4. The Singer
  5. Power of a Song
  6. Absolutely Nothing
  7. Wherever Love Goes
  8. Like a Cowboy
  9. How Country Feels
  10. Along for the Ride
  11. Sunshine on the Line
  12. Goodnight Kiss
  13. Let's Not Let It
  14. Shine
  15. Route 3 Box 250 D

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
Larry Hall   String Arrangements
Randy Houser   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
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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