September 15, 2015
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Earlier this month when I reviewed William Michael Morgan’s “I Met a Girl”, I called it a small step in the right direction, but felt it fell short of greatness and that it wouldn’t have been particularly memorable had it been released in an era when the quality of mainstream country was somewhat higher. My initial reaction to Mo Pitney’s “Boy and a Girl Thing” was somewhat similar. It’s a lot better than most of the current fare on the radio but nothing to get terribly excited about. Although it is a pleasant listen, the production is somewhat generic. It’s reminiscent of some of George Strait’s later work; the fact that it was produced by Tony Brown might have something to do with that. There are some vocal similarities to Strait, and a few years ago I might have been excited about that. But a few years ago I was excited about Corbin Easton and Chris Young and look how they turned out.
“Boy and a Girl Thing” is a pleasant change from the usual fare, though — there are no obnoxious electric guitar riffs and the lyrics actually tell a story and don’t insult the listener’s intelligence. The production has a bluesy feel to it, which doesn’t feel quite right. I stumbled upon an acoustic version on YouTube that I liked a lot better.
In the end, Pitney is an artist that deserves to be supported, so I hope this record does well. Unfortunately he is signed to Curb so getting new music released on a regular basis may prove to be a problem.
April 4, 2010
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1950: Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy — Red Foley (Decca)
1960: He’ll Have To Go — Jim Reeves (RCA)
1970: The Fightin’ Side of Me — Merle Haggard (Capitol)
1980: I’d Love To Lay You Down — Conway Twitty (MCA)
1990: Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)
2000: How Do You Like Me Now — Toby Keith (DreamWorks Nashville)
2010: A Little More Country Than That — Corbin Easton (Mercury)