Sunday, 30 November, 2008 5:23 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Randy
by Kristin Barlowe
South recording artist Randy Houser
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
Raised by his mother
in Lake, Miss., Randy Houser learned about taking responsibility
long before he neared adulthood. He and his sister picked up other
lessons during summer visits to their dad, including how important
music can be in negotiating the hurdles of life.
From age 13 through his
years of study - and playing honky-tonk gigs - at East Central Community
College, Houser nurtured strong skills as a singer and songwriter.
Inevitably, his ambitions led him to Nashville, where he scored
by co-writing the Trace Adkins smash "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
with Jamey Johnson. Signed to Universal Records South, Houser debuts
with Anything Goes, produced by Mark Wright and Cliff Audretch III.
The title track, written
by Brice Long and John Wayne Wiggins and the album's first single,
makes one thing immediately clear: Houser knows how to convey the
emotion of a song. Backed by churchy piano as the first verse begins,
he interprets the lyric with unusual intensity and subtlety, so
that by the time the chorus hits, the listener feels the full force
of Houser's heartbreak and defiance.
And that's just the beginning.
He captures the weariness of a long week's work as well as the promise
of the weekend throughout "Boots On," projects his fury
over a world that's lost its way on "Back to God" and
ambles wryly through the humorous self-deprecation of "Lie."
Every track on Anything Goes introduces Houser as a remarkably expressive
artist. No doubt about it, he was born to perform.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
DREAM DUET PARTNER
"My dad Randy Houser, Elvis, Conway Twitty, Hank Jr., Willie
Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton and AC/DC."
FAVORITE MODE OF
"Yacht . or the beaming thingy from 'Star Trek.'"
CD ON YOUR STEREO
PHRASE YOU SAY OVER
"What am I saying and why can't I shut up?"
"Taking out the trash for Mrs. Meadows. It sucked, but hey,
it was 16 cents more than I had."
WHAT WOULD YOU TITLE
"My Life: A short lesson in Good Times, Bad Choices."
ITEMS IN YOUR PERSONAL
"Music by Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers - at least rock
'n' roll and Country would be born again."
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