Listened to the Children Of Song podcast recently with John Michael Montgomery and his son Walker. It was an interesting episode. They got into a little of John’s song history and career. Then they got into what Walker is working on. He’s looking to make his own mark in country music.
Obviously the family history is on Walker’s side. He has his dad and his uncle (Eddie Montgomery) that have paved the way. You kind of have to think that sometimes going into the same field as family is both difficult and a blessing. You have to almost expect the same success. That can be good or bad.
Anyway, here is Walker’s latest single.
Simple Town – Walker Montgomery
It’s got an Easton Corbin kind of vibe. Also a little Justin Moore. Definitely a little John Michael. You can tell that Walker grew up loving ’90s country even though I don’t think he was around for much of the ’90s.
The lyrics are pretty straight ahead with what’s been popular the last 10-15 years in country music. Simple towns, football games, small town romances and all that business. It still works pretty good for Walker. You can tell he’s being genuine with it. I don’t know about the “sweet ass” line, but it’s not bad.
The main thing here is the melody. It’s catchy. It’s nostalgic. There is potential here. I don’t know if this will be the breakout single, but the potential is definitely there.
Also a quick side thought on the Montgomery family. I know it’s still soon with Troy Gentry. Eddie is out there touring with the rest of the MG band, but I think it’d be cool for John and Eddie to make some music together. Kind of like Donnie and Johnny Van Zant did back in 2005. Two brothers with their own separate success coming together to make some good music.
CML Points: 85/100