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Album Flash Back With Randy Houser
With the upcoming release of his fifth studio album 'Magnolia,' we decided to showcase Randy Houser’s success in the industry thus far!
Written by: Rachel Weisenthal. Above Photo: David Esquivel, MegaCountry
Randy Houser’s journey from an aspiring singer-songwriter to a full-blown country superstar is what dreams are made of. From that fateful moment he decided to move to Nashville and give everything he had to chasing his passion to that first No. 1 hit, Houser proves that hard work pays off.
Beginning as many artists do, Houser first arrived in Nashville with the intention of securing a career in songwriting. Working with some of the best in the business, such as Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson, the trio wrote Trace Adkins’ feel-good hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” and according to Johnson, the song was born from something Houser said as they watched a woman dance in a bar. This was the first hit Houser had as a writer, with the track peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs chart. Encouraged by the success of Adkins’ hit, Houser ventured into performing himself, playing local gigs and even briefly signing a record deal all before ever releasing anything himself with a major label.
With his fifth studio album Magnolia on the brink of release, we decided to showcase Randy Houser’s success in the industry thus far. In the ten years since “Anything Goes” hit the airwaves, Houser has had some serious impact on the genre, and his progression as an artist has been an exciting one to watch.
Anything Goes (2008)
Randy Houser’s debut studio album is chock full of twangy country tunes, exactly what we’d expect from the man who coined the term “honkytonk badonkadonk.” His lead single and title track, “Anything Goes,” served as Houser’s introduction to the world as an artist, generating a ton of buzz for Houser, breaking the top 20 on the US Country charts. The second single, “Boots On,” is a perfect example of Houser indulging his Mississippi boyhood and bringing those experiences to his music. And the authenticity resonated with fans, the song reached No. 2 on the US Country charts. Fueled by the warm reception, Houser stuck with his new career as an artist.
Photo: Randy Houser’s Album Anything Goes
They Call Me Cadillac (2010)
Only two years following his introduction as an artist to the world of country music, Houser was back with a sophomore studio album chock full of his own writing. Credited on every single track, it’s clear that Houser gave himself room to test the limits of his songwriting power, and found some incredibly meaningful moments along the way. Two of the tracks, “Addicted” and “Here with Me” were written entirely by Houser himself. That signature Southern lighthearted Houser we got to know through Anything Goes, reappeared alongside lead single “Whistlin’ Dixie.” Especially true to himself, the album remains his most personal work.
Photo: Randy Houser’s Album They Call Me Cadillac
How Country Feels (2013)
When it came to his third studio album, Houser invited more writers to be a part of the project, including one from his strictly songwriting days, old friend Dallas Davidson. He wrote the second single and first track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight, while longtime legendary writer Zac Brown penned “Along for the Ride,” and star Lee Brice is credited on “Absolutely Nothing.” His biggest success to date, How Country Feels broke the top 20 on the US Billboard 200, peaking at No. 11. The album is also home to two of his No. 1 US Country Airplay hits, lead single and title track “How Country Feels” and again with second single, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”
Photo: Randy Houser’s Album How Country Feels
Fired Up (2016)
Randy Houser’s 2016 release of Fired Up featured a healthy dose of seasoned songwriters’ work. Still heavily involved in the pre-studio process, Houser is a writer on 5 of the 17 original tracks featured on the album. The lead single, “We Went” quickly became Houser’s third No. 1 country single. The album included not one, but two, bonus tracks, the first being “One Way” which was written by veteran writer Chris Stapleton and “Whiskeysippi River,” which featured writing from Trevor Rosen, a member of the popular band, Old Dominion. Overall, what we saw was a healthy combination of Houser’s early style mixed with the works he selected to highlight from other writers.
Photo: Randy Houser’s Album Fired Up
Ten years since he made the choice to pursue a career onstage himself, Randy Houser has maintained the incredibly elusive status of relevancy throughout and we couldn’t be more excited to hear what treasures his fifth studio album will hold.