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Jonathan Singleton & The Grove

Jonathan Singleton & The Grove – 2010 (Show Show Nashville)

Reviewed by Kellie Gibson

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Jonathan Singleton has only been active in the music industry since 2008, but already he is making himself known as a standout singer and songwriter. This proves quite obvious in this self-titled five-song. His byline can be seen on hits such as Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just Dance, Don't by Billy Currington, and he was the recipient of the NSAI's "Songwriter Achievement Award for the 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written" for the smash Watching Airplanes sang by Gary Allan. He co-wrote all of the EP's songs.

The two singles - Look Who's Back in Love and Livin' in Paradise are definite stand outs, especially the latter with a laid back feel and slide of the steel guitar will remind listeners of songs of days gone by. Probably Just Time is the same sad ballad of love, loss, and moving on that's been told many times, but the lyrics and tone of Singleton's voice set this apart from the others.

Although the sound is certainly clear and crisp with the edge that today's music holds, Singleton doesn't sway far from tradition and stay so close to the roots country was founded on that a listener can almost taste it, and one gets the feeling that those were Singleton's intentions.