Album Review: Billy Currington is Upbeat; Airy on ‘Summer Forever’

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Billy Currington releases his sixth studio album Summer Forever, straight off his 10th No. 1 single, “Don’t It,” the lead track from the project. The upbeat love song, written by Jaren Johnston, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman accurately sets the tone for the rest of the project.

On the album, “Don’t It” leads right into the “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem,” which happens to be the Georgia native’s next single. The new tune keeps the tempo up and while the topic is nothing new to country music — singing the praises of one’s hometown — the sound is straight Billy: airy, summery and fun.

Summer Forever is peppered with love songs and breakup tunes, all of which have a strong beat that will lend itself to Billy’s live show. Jessie James joins him for vocals on the setting the mood right tune, “Good Night.” On the flipside, “It Don’t Hut Like it Used To” chronicles a man who is counting down the days since a bad breakup, which also happens to be the only track that Billy has a writing credit on.

“For me, there’s three things that it’s got to do for me,” Billy says in his album bio. “It’s either got to make me laugh or the song has got to make me want to make love, or it’s got to make me want to dance. If it doesn’t do any of those things, I’ll pass. It’s got to move me, whether I’ve heard it from other writers or I write it myself. The best song always wins, no matter who the writer was or the publisher. To be honest, I never even look at who wrote it. I always just focus on the song. If it moves me the right way, then that’s what we’re going with.”

A personal favorite of the crooner’s is “Wake Me Up” — one that moved him during his first listen — is a declaration to the listening that if he or she is missing him, they should go ahead and call because they ain’t going to “wake me up.”

Billy also counts himself lucky for getting his hands on the title track, “Summer Forever,” which was written by Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard with Billy’s good friend Jesse Frasure. Frasure brought the tune to Billy telling him that neither Cole or FGL were recording at the time, so it was up for grabs. The rockin’ sound is a departure for Billy, but the sentiment follows the laid-back, easy going flow of the album.

Must listen tracks: “Wake Me Up;” “It Don’t Hut Like it Used To;” “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem”

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