The name Elizabeth Lyons may be new to a lot of you. Our regular readers might remember her from a few articles we posted on Country’s Chatter. And, I’m sure we will have a lot more in the future. Country singer/songwriter, Elizabeth has been busy this year, with live shows including Country USA with Luke Bryan, Joe Nichols and Charlie Worsham; CMAFest 204: AT &T U-Verst Stage with the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Dan & Shay and Haley & Michaels; Summerfest with Cole Swindell and Jacob Martin Band; and Windy City Smokeout, with Eli Young Band, Chase Rice, and Blackjack Billly. And that’s just a few of the events that have been keeping this young lady busy.
We’re here today to talk about her singles, “Party Rules” and “Jeep”. I can’t talk about these two without mentioning the first single I ever heard from Elizabeth. It was called “Everything Tonight,” and I loved it! That single was out this past December, and aired on Sirius XM’s The Highway. We had an article up about that single, if you missed it – you can check it out here. I have a way of picking out my ‘all-time favorite’ from each artist I listen to. And, I don’t usually change my mind about which song is going to remain my favorite. I think “Everything Tonight” will probably remain my favorite song from Elizabeth.
“Party Rules” is a little more rock than I like in my country. But, it’s definitely the trend we’ve been seeing in country music the past few years. The song is up-tempo and definitely a fun song. The song is not about the rules you were given by your parents as you headed out the door to attend a party at a friend’s house. These are the rules you and your party host want to enforce. The ones that tell you to have a good time; drink until the other person is cute; and to have the night of your life! It’s not unlike the music we hear on country radio these days. And, although I’m more of a traditional country music fan, I think our young country listeners are really going to like this one. Party Rules is available on iTunes.
Out of the two singles we’re talking about today, my favorite is “Jeep”. While this one still has a more ‘today’s country’ sound than that traditional country music that I love, it is a little slower, I like the lyrics better, and it does sound more country and a little less ‘rock’ than “Party Rules. Elizabeth co-wrote this song with her producer, Matt Nolen. When you sing about hearing the wind and Kenny Chesney in your Jeep, you got a great start on memorable lyrics. I like her vocals better in this one – she’s a big quieter. More like the sound we get in “Everything Tonight”. I think part of the problem for me and “Party Rules” was the ‘rock voice’. But when you sing a song like that, you need to use your rock voice.
In the song [Jeep], she says her hair looks better blowing, she gets a suntan while she’s rolling … Good lyrics, good tempo, good country sound. There’s nothing I don’t like about this song. Elizabeth has a great voice, and obvious talent for writing. I have a feeling she likes Kenny Chesney, since she mentioned him in both of these songs. But, I think we all like Kenny’s music. This is the one I would pick as ‘radio-ready’. “Jeep” is also available on iTunes.
I like what I’m hearing from Elizabeth Lyons, and I think all of you will, too. Please check out her web site, listen to her music, and let me know what you think. There are a few songs on her web site that you can listen to. I also like “Boston” and “Forgive and Forget” a lot. She shows a lot of versatility in her music, and I’m sure she puts on a great show!
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Tomorrow is the day we are heading out of town, but we’ll be back soon! Keep the e-mails coming, keep up with us on Twitter, and we’ll have more here on Country’s Chatter soon. If there’s time for another post or two before we hit the road, we’ll do that. Otherwise, see you next week!