Tyler Hubbard: ‘Dancin’ In The Country’ – EP Review
Tyler Hubbard releases his new EP, Dancing’ In The Country, out now, August 19th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below and check out our full review.
In anticipation of his debut solo album, out next January, Tyler Hubbard released six new songs to give fans a teaser of what’s to come. All of the songs on the Dancin’ in the Country EP are co-written by the accomplished singer-songwriter, as well as Canaan Smith, Keith Urban, Jaren Johnston, Rhett Akins, and Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi. Hubbard released the project before joining Urban’s The Speed of Now World Tour on September 3.
The Florida Georgia Line frontman shared in a statement, “Today’s one of the days I’ve been anticipating since I decided to record a solo project. I’m rehearsing for the fall tour, and now being able to share many of the songs I’m going to perform live for the first time as a solo artist is very exciting. I hope the fans like them as much as I do and share in my excitement. I’ll be on the road with my solo material in just a few weeks!”
Opening with the Urban co-penned title track, Hubbard immediately sets the stage for something that’s a little different than what FGL fans have come to know. The ode to two-stepping is a little more twangy and a little more straightforward country while Hubbard’s unmistakable drawl makes it familiar.
“I’ll take you dancin’ in the country // Levi’s in them low beams // Spin you in some red dirt // Sweep you off of both feet // Out here where the sun sets // Silverado backbeat // You’ll never wanna go home // And never wanna not be // Dancin’ in the country // Dancin’ in the country”
“Everybody Needs a Bar” is arguably the most FGL-esque track, a punchy ode to a favorite haunt where one can kick back and feel at home. Here, “Everybody’s got a friend when you sittin’ on a stool.”
Meanwhile, “Baby Gets Her Lovin’” has a swampy, dirty sound that’s reminiscent of something from Marc Broussard or Brett Eldredge’s newest album, Songs About You. On the thumping crowd-pleaser, complete with a stellar guitar solo, Hubbard proclaims “My baby gets her lovin’ from me.”
That romantic thread continues through “Inside and Out,” “I’m the Only One” and “5 Foot 9,” each of the three tracks proclaiming his love for a special woman. On “I’m the Only One,” he celebrates that he’s the lucky one who gets to love on his wife, Hayley, singing “I’m the only one who gets to kiss a dream come true // Everybody’s got somebody they love // But I’m the only one’s got you.”
Likewise, “5 Foot 9” is a relatable stunner of a mid-tempo love song, Hubbard proclaiming his love for everything that makes his wife special. Except, for one small detail: He tells Taste of Country that he made a mistake when writing the song: his wife is actually 5’10.”
“God makes five foot nine, brown eyes, and a sundress // Loves Tim McGraw and a small town accent // Ain’t no way that me and this truck made her fall in love/ / Jack makes good whiskey but God makes the good stuff // Oh, God makes the good stuff”
On the Dancin’ in the Country EP, Tyler Hubbard sets the stage for his solo project, due out next year. One thing is for certain, with his solo project, he’ll have fans dancin’ in their seats when he hits the road this fall.
Dancing’ In The Country EP Tracklist:
- Dancin’ In The Country (Written by Hubbard, Jon Nite, Ross Copperman, Keith Urban)
- Baby Gets Her Lovin’ (Written by Hubbard, Jesse Frasure, Canaan Smith) *
- Everybody Needs A Bar (Written by Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt, Zachary Kale)
- Inside And Out (Written by Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi)
- I’m The Only One (Written by Hubbard, Chris Loocke, Rhett Akins)
- 5 Foot 9 (Written by Hubbard, Jaren Johnston, Chase McGill
All tracks produced by Tyler Hubbard and Jordan Schmidt
*Produced with Jesse Frasure
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Tyler Hubbard will appear with Keith Urban on October 22 at UBS Arena at Belmont Park. He’ll also appear on NBC’s Today on August 30.
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