SINGLE REVIEW: Canaan Smith – ‘Like You That Way’

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We in the UK are big fans of Canaan Smith, who was over for Country2Country this year with his poppy brand of country. Thanks to a support slot with The Shires last year, Canaan has created a healthy and loyal fan base on our shores, as we saw from the attendances on his recent post-C2C tour.

The chorus of his new song is superb, namechecking Miranda Lambert and sounding like a track off the next Thomas Rhett album. He’s like a less Southern TR, hailing from Williamsburg, VA up in the original Thirteen states of the Union.

He’s toured with Sugarland, Florida Georgia Line, Jana Kramer, Dierks, Dan + Shay and The Shires, and is gearing up for album two with this great new future hit. Love You Like That was a number one airplay hit from Bronco, which also had the great Hole in a Bottle. This should be a top 10 airplay if not a number one, so get used to hearing it.

Jesse Frasure (Road Less Travelled, Fix, Dirt On My Boots, I Like the Sound of That – all of which topped the charts) and Brett James (Cowboy Casanova, Love You Out Loud) helped him write this one. Its singalong chorus praises the girl as she is, without wanting to change her or her ability to slap her bass: ‘Ain’t nothin’ ‘bout you baby I wanna change’. Without wishing to hammer it home, it’s melodically reminiscent of T-Shirt, bouncing and bopping and making you smile. A great feel-good summer anthem.

Canaan’s wife was the inspiration behind the song, as he told Sounds Like Nashville: “The story behind it, the first line of the song is about my wife. She has a little heart-shaped tat on her back, and she got it the day she was able to. Her dad wouldn’t let her until she was 18. She went and got it as soon as she could. I was thinking about that and sorta what that says about her. This song took shape through her being the inspiration for that,”

‘You’re an original in a world so digital, you’re the analogue baby’ is a great lyric that trips off the tongue from the verse, delivered Tyler Hubbard-style but without the Southern irritation in the vocal. This is what country sounds like in 2017, and Canaan fits the mould. All power to him!

Jonny Brick
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