One of the new summer albums I’ve been meaning to review has been the new release from Chris Cagle. I just think the story is one of the best of country music this year. There are very few instances of artists basically disappearing from the charts for a couple years and coming back stronger than ever. It just doesn’t happen. People are willing to give you a second chance, but for whatever reason it’s really hard for country artists to basically breakthrough twice let alone once.
Chris Cagle has been able to do it, though. He had a hugely successful run with Capitol Records dating back ton 1999. I remember sitting on the lawn mower at my first job at the golf course jamming to his first record. It was amazing. He was a country rockstar and really brought the fun and intensity to country. I loved it.
After some issues with life (don’t we all have issues?) Chris disappeared. His label dropped him and he needed to get away. He did that and I wasn’t sure if we’d ever hear from Chris again.
I’m glad to say he’s back and seemingly better than ever. He’s already had a top 15 hit on the charts and his followup is even better. Here are my thoughts on each of the songs on his new album.
Back In The Saddle – Chris Cagle
It’s like an old Chris Cagle album when you listen to this track by track. You won’t think you’re listening to anyone other than the man himself. There is plenty of rocking country and Chris stays true to who he is while also bringing in some new songs. It’s easy to see that life brought in some of the influences here on the album.
Chris seems to be in a good place in life and this album is one of the best of the year.
1. Got My Country On
The opening track on the record is also the first single. This is the one that brought Chris Cagle back to the country scene. The interesting thing is that in his recent interviews Chris said he’s found that his old fans are still out there, but this song has brought in some new fans. I can totally understand that because this song is great. It seems entirely like what Chris is doing right now. He’s just out there working and living his country life. It’s believable.
2. I’ll Grow My Own
Chris certainly seems like he wants to do things on his own. He’s probably taken some things in his life and he’s probably had to deal with the strings that come attached. I know that feeling. You get sick of it all and you just want to do things on your own. It’s all about doing it yourself and growing things on your own. Nothing is free. It’s all about doing it yourself.
3. Something That Wild
I love this song. It’s probably my favorite on the entire record. I just love the story and the melody. It’s great.
4. Let There Be Cowgirls
This song has been getting stuck in my head. It’s the second single from the record and it’s really good. Chris said it’s about his wife and I think it’s about all those cowgirls and strong women out there. There is just something that really gets you with this melody. I can’t stop singing the chorus. I think it’s going to be a huge hit.
5. Dance Baby Dance
Chris said in a recent interview that this was inspired by his young daughter. She’s been just enjoying life and he wants her to enjoy her life to the fullest. Just keep on dancing.
6. When Will My Lover Come Around
Here is an interesting song. It starts out unlike any other song on the record. I think this one stands out as something different. A potential single? It just might be. We’ll have to see.
7. Southern Girl
It’s a smooth ballad about all those beautiful southern girls out there. You know who you are. This one is for you.
8. Probably Just Time
A slow track that feels really old school country. I like this one a lot.
9. Thank God She Left The Whiskey
Here is one of the slow tracks on the record. It’s a country song with despair and heartache. The woman is gone and the guy in the song is pretty down on himself. Everything in his life is gone and he doesn’t know what to do so he’s just going to drink the whiskey. It’s all that was left after all.
10. Now I Know What Mama Meant
It’s a little rocking track here on the tail end of the record. One thing is sure about these songs on any Chris Cagle record. You’re going to be rocking your head back and forth. Women change our lives in more ways than one. The only one that knows what’s will happen is our own Mama. Chris found out what happens and now he knows that his mama was right. He’s in love and that bachelor life is all over.
11. Just Enough
This is probably the most traditional sounding record on the entire album. Chris is certainly country, but that fiddle really adds something extra to this track. In the song we have the story of a kid trying to impress with the neighbor girl. He doesn’t even care what the consequences will be. He’s just looking to fall in love. Isn’t that all we want in life?