“Money can’t buy everything, well maybe so, but it can buy me a boat”. I suspect that Chris Janson might be setting his sights a little higher bearing in mind the track has hit the number one spot on the iTunes country song charts.
“Overnight success”….not exactly. Janson released his debut EP “Chris Janson” two years ago but has been around since 2009. He had a breakthrough of sorts with his debut single “Til’ A Woman Comes Along” but found more success as a songwriter. His back catalogue includes “Truck Yeah” which was recorded by Tim McGraw and helped to pay the mortgage.
Fast forward two years and Janson is now an independent recording artist due to the closure of Bigger Picture Records. He actually released “Buy Me A Boat” at the beginning of this year. He was however building a reputation as a quality live performer. He hardly went away. He has over 60 performances at the Grand Ole Opry under his belt.
A master stroke for Chris was getting a copy of “Buy Me A Boat” to country radio royalty Bobby Bones. For those of us here in the UK “The Bobby Bones Show” wouldn’t actually mean too much. However, in country music he has the power to make or break. He has a syndicated national weekday radio show originating in Nashville and reaches millions of listeners. It is heard nationally on the iHeart radio network. Powerful stuff! If Bobby likes you, and even better has you on his show, you are well on the way.
Fortunately Bones liked “Buy Me A Boat”. He actually liked it a lot. After one play it was top 30 in the downloads charts. Suddenly we have an artist who those outside Nashville wouldn’t know too much about becoming a mainstay on US Country radio stations.
We now have Janson’s first full length album released to capitalise on the success of the single. Janson now has a major label behind him, Warner Music Nashville.
Naturally we open with the single which has already exceeded 500,000 sales/downloads. The follow up will be crucial for Janson and it comes in the form of “The Power Of Positive Drinking”, a tale of nights spent propping up bars, many bars!!
However it’s the mid tempos and ballads that show up the quality of Janson’s voice. None more so than “Holdin’ Her”, written for his wife and family. This is someone who has written for Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard and helped pen the latest Locash hit single but he actually considers “Holdin’ On” to be the best song he has ever written.
Tim McGraw features on “Messin’ With Jesus”, surely a future single release. It’s a catchy and bouncy, almost in a Florida Georgia Line style.
“Right In The Middle” is suited to the live stage and would sit easily on a Jason Aldean album.
My personal favourite is the mellow, almost soulful “Under the sun”.
Janson has attracted huge praise and a very healthy audience as a result of the smash hit “Buy Me A Boat”. However it’s also attracted quite a few critical reviews. It would be fair to say that this song divided opinion more than most.
I suspect that the album will be less divisive. There is enough to satisfy the doubters.
There’s more than enough here to showcase Janson’s song writing and vocal talents and it seems that his live shows will ensure that the momentum from this years chart success will continue.
He is opening for Blake Shelton on his 2016 tour so the there should be plenty of exposure for this talented musician.
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