Randy Houser, 'How Country Feels' Is for City Folk, Too
If you've anxiously been awaiting new music from Randy Houser, your time has come. The velvet-voiced crooner is releasing "How Country Feels" -- written by hitmakers Vicky McGehee, Wendell Mobley and Neal Thrasher -- to radio May 7 and to iTunes May 8. (Until then, you can listen to the song below.)
"I didn't even know who wrote when I heard it," Randy admits to The Boot. "The first time I heard it go, 'hair down, hair down,' I was like, 'Bam! I've got to have that.' I thought it was a hit. I loved it; it was hip and cool. It's very relatable, too, because everybody who listens to country music is not in the country. One thing we have to remember as songwriters is that we have to consider that country music is the country's music. That doesn't mean that everybody's rural."
Given that he's a very successful singer-songwriter, it's interesting that Randy has taken a backseat, choosing to release a single that he didn't pen. "One thing I've had to realize in my career is that I can't do it all," explains the new dad, to 2-month-old son, West. "Sometimes we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make sure we're writing the next hit. There are other people out there, and that's what they do every day, and they have strengths that I don't have. With a lot of things that are going on in my life right now, I've got less and less time to do it."
Helping to affirm the decision to focus on outside songs was an executive at the singer-songwriter's new record label. "Benny Brown, who owns Stoney Creek Records, actually brought me the song, and the strange thing about Benny -- I don't know how old he is, but he's older than me -- is