Tenpenny, Paslay dish out new discs
Friday, April 15, 2022
– Riser House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville artist Mitchell Tenpenny released "The Low Light Sessions EP" today. Tenpenny, a Nashville native, wrote or co-wrote all eight songs. He has been working on the songs over the course of the last six years. Many of the songs were penned nearly four years ago, with the exception of "The Way You Are," written for his now-fiancé, Meghan Patrick. Tenpenny has been active, releasing "Naughty List," an expanded holiday version of his "Neon Christmas" release of 2020 and "Midtown Diaries," an EP also released last fall.
Pinnacle Country singer/songwriter Eric Paslay independently releases "Even If It Breaks Your Barefoot Friday Night" album today. It marks the first time he has recorded many of these major hits that were made famous by his contemporaries like Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts and others, along with revisiting some of his own tunes. Among the songs is "Barefoot Bluejean Night," a hit for Owen. "Angel Eyes" was recorded by Love & Theft.
One big clue that Mitchell Tenpenny's "Naughty List" holiday collection is a winner, is how spontaneous and rocking is his version of "Jingle Bell Rock." He doesn't just repeat the Bobby Helms original, but instead makes it all his own. Then again, with a distinctive voice like his, he puts his personal stamp on everything.
He rocks out even more during "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," even though that one also includes upfront banjo picking. ...
If all you know about Mitchell Tenpenny is "Alcohol You Later," you may be unprepared for a few of the Christmas present surprises on his "Neon Christmas" EP. Granted, "Snow Angels" is a little too pop for its own good. However, the acoustic guitar-picked subtlety of "O Holy Night" is truly sweet, while the steel guitar-soaked "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" is the exact right winter setting for Tenpenny's vocal vibrato. ...
Mitchell Tenpenny is yet one more artist stretching the definition of country music - nearly to the breaking point. While he sings with a distinctly enjoyable, Otis Redding-like soulful voice, the arrangements to these songs on his second album feature far more pop than twang. Steve Earle famously commented how contemporary country music is "hip-hop for people who are afraid of black people," but some of it - including this album's songs - sounds like pop music that doesn't ...