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Single Review: William Michael Morgan – ‘I Met a Girl’

For those of us who long for country music to return to a more traditional sound, the debut single from Vicksburg, Mississippi and Warner Bros. recording artist William Michael Morgan seems to be, on the surface, at least, just what the doctor ordered. The understated, pedal steel-laced mid tempo number was written — surprisingly — by Sam Hunt with Trevor Rosen and Shane McAnally. The 21-year-old Morgan reportedly grew up listening to Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley and their influence on his singing is apparent.

But context is everything. In a genre that has seen a complete collapse of any type of defining boundaries, “I Met a Girl” seems like a breath of fresh air, a throwback to the 90s when traditional sounding “hat acts” ruled the country radio airwaves. But those of us who are old enough to remember that era will inevitably compare the record to those of Clint Black, Alan Jackson, and George Strait, and that is where the record fails to measure up. Had this record been released 20 years ago, I probably would not have deemed it worthy of much attention. It’s a very generic song and not particularly memorable. That being said, it doesn’t have an annoying hip-hop with banjo arrangement, or lyrics about tailgating in a corn field. It’s a step, albeit a tiny one, in the right direction, and in 2015 the bar has been lowered sufficiently that a small positive step is enough. Morgan is a promising vocalist and I hope ‘I Met a Girl’ garners enough attention from radio that he will be allowed to continue exploring the more traditional side of country music.

Grade: B

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4 responses to “Single Review: William Michael Morgan – ‘I Met a Girl’

  1. Ken September 3, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Well said Razor X. A rather very small step indeed with this particular song. Unfortunately the chorus still contains elements of that annoying staccato hip-hop style rhythm that permeates most of today’s so-called country music. However it is refreshing in 2015 to see a young person without ridiculous tattoos & piercings singing something that resembles real country music. I looked up William on YouTube to see what else he might have available and was pleasantly surprised. Quite a few homemade videos of him there performing older country songs. Also a live performance with a band at a Whiter Shafer party that I thought it really showcased what he is capable of. Take a listen to this and you may be as impressed as I am with his voice.

    • Razor X September 3, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      I’m quite impressed with his voice. With some stronger material, he has got great potential. ‘I Met a Girl’ isn’t a terrible song, but I didn’t want to fall into the trap of overpraising it simply because it isn’t as terrible as most of the other music on country radio nowadays.

  2. Occasional Hope September 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Very nice voice, and I like his phrasing, too. You’re right, though, that it’s not the most exciting of songs.

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