There are so many great singers out there. And, there are a lot of great songwriters, too. We are really lucky – because I don’t think we are ever going to run out of good music. And, as long as people like Caitlyn Smith keep writing songs, we can count on keeping more than a little real country sound in our country music. Because she isn’t just a songwriter, she’s a talented singer, too.
You may not know her by name, but you probably know her music. Her songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antabellum and Daniel Bradbery. She wrote “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” recorded by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. She also wrote Cassadee Pope’s hit single, “Wasting All These Tears”. And, if you are a fan of the television show, Nashville, you heard her song “Don’t Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet,” sung by Hayden Panettiere.
Now, get ready for something long over-due. Caitlyn Smith is about to release her new CD, titled “Everything To You”. I’ve been listening to it for a few days, and I have to tell you about it. I don’t know why country music has become such a male-dominated profession, but we have some female newcomers who would like to change all that. And, I’d like to see them do it. There is plenty of room in Nashville, and on concert stages, to get more of these talented ladies where they should be – in front of an audience full of fans! And, on the radio, where it seems close to 90 percent of what we are hearing is coming from male artists. [Photos by Spencer Combs]
There are seven songs on this new album. It’s called “Everything To You.” She wrote all of the songs on this album. Yet each one is very different from the one before it.
I’m going to start with “Everything To You,” because it’s the title track, and because it’s my favorite. I don’t know if Caitlyn has started out on a national radio tour yet, but she needs to. And, I think this is the one she needs to hand over to the program directors when she meets them. When you all hear this song, I want you to listen to the lyrics. Caitlyn is telling using this song to say that she can be anything she wants to be, and she’s telling the man she loves that she can be anything, as long as she is everything to him. I think it’s a great song.
My least favorite was “Fever”. That’s the lead song. I don’t know why it was my least favorite. Probably because it is the one song I heard more ‘rock’ in than I really like. But, that’s not saying it isn’t what we’re hearing on Top 40 country stations right now. It is the one with a strong beat, a lot of drums and cymbals, and a little bit of ‘rock and roll rasp’ in the vocals. I guess it just didn’t seem quite country enough for me. But, it definitely fits in with the ‘country/rock’ sound that we’re hearing so much of these days. I do have to admit though, the more I listened, the more the song seemed to grow on me.
“Dream Away” reminded me of the kind of music we’re hearing from Kacey Musgraves. By the way, I am a big Kacey Musgraves fan, so that’s a good thing. This is a song I wish my Mom had sung to me when I was growing up. She sings about being seven years old, skinned knees, swinging, trying to see what’s over a tall fence, running as far as you can, and keeping your head in the clouds. What she’s talking about it dreaming, and continuing to dream – because you can make your dreams come true. She takes this little seven year old through high school home coming queen days; and through everything – she tells her to just dream away.
I don’t really to tell you anything about the next song. You’ve all heard “Wasting All These Tears”. It’s a good song. I’m not at all surprised it did that well on country radio, and this one definitely gives all of you a very good idea of the kind of writer that Caitlyn Smith is. Now I’m just anxious for all of you to hear her sing it.
Going to tell you about “Novocaine” now. That’s that stuff the dentist shoots into your gum before he starts to drill. It’s to make you numb, so you can’t feel anything. That’s what Caitlyn wants it to do in this song. But, she doesn’t have a toothache. She just doesn’t want to feel anything right now. You know that has to have something do do with a man. This one is a little on the ‘rock’ side, too. But, like “Fever”, the more I listened to the album, the more I liked it.
“Grown Woman” sounded a little like someone took Gretchen Wilson, Reba McEntire, and Loretta Lynn and tossed them into a blender – and this is what came out. It’s country enough, and I can even see Gretchen Wilson singing this. It’s another fast one, and if you’ve ever been to one of Gretchen’s shows, you’ll know why it reminds me of her. It did, however, make me want to go see Caitlyn on stage sometime soon. This is anther one I think a lot of my readers are really going to like.
She closes the CD out with “All My Lovers.” This is a slow, love song, that will make you want to grab your partner and get out on the dance floor. She is only singing about all her lovers, so that can compare them to the current love of her life, who she says will be her love forever. It’s a happy love song. No one leaves, no one dies, no one is sick, no one is sad. It’s just a well-written, slow, going to love you forever, song.
The whole CD is good. But even after listening to it a number of times, “Everything To You” is still my personal favorite. I hope you guys will all check it out, order it on Oct. 28, let me know what you think of it, and let me know what your favorite song is!
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