11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though this collection of bright, guitar-driven country is the first album to bear Eric Paslay’s name, the Texas-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter has already written or cowritten huge hits for Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), and Love and Theft (“Angel Eyes”). With standout tracks like “Here Comes Love” and “Friday Night,” Paslay’s self-titled debut is loaded with big hooks and brisk tempos. Behind rolling Telecaster riffs and reeling banjos are clear vocals and heartfelt turns of phrase. Paslay’s strength lies in uptempo, radio-friendly sing-alongs, though he also shines with the epic power ballad “Less Than Whole” and the chiming, mandolin-driven charmer “Country Side of Heaven.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though this collection of bright, guitar-driven country is the first album to bear Eric Paslay’s name, the Texas-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter has already written or cowritten huge hits for Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), and Love and Theft (“Angel Eyes”). With standout tracks like “Here Comes Love” and “Friday Night,” Paslay’s self-titled debut is loaded with big hooks and brisk tempos. Behind rolling Telecaster riffs and reeling banjos are clear vocals and heartfelt turns of phrase. Paslay’s strength lies in uptempo, radio-friendly sing-alongs, though he also shines with the epic power ballad “Less Than Whole” and the chiming, mandolin-driven charmer “Country Side of Heaven.”

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

314 Ratings

Now this is country

Larinda,

I'm gettin sick of the pop sounding country, this sounds like country. Love it, will definitely be getting this one.

Cool New Guy

The anxious one,

I saw this guy perform as the opener for Eli Young Band back in December. Really impressive. Finally, the record is out!

About Eric Paslay

Country singer and songwriter Eric Paslay was born in 1983 in Abilene, Texas, growing up in Temple, Texas, where his grandfather and his grandfather's brothers had a local band called Arnold Schiller & the Moonlight Serenaders. Paslay was playing guitar by the time he was 15 years old, and began writing songs at the same time, relocating to Nashville a couple of years after he graduated from high school to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied everything related to the music business. He got an internship with Cal4 Entertainment during his senior year, which led to a song publishing deal, which in turn led to a recording contract with EMI Records Nashville in 2011, the same year a song Paslay had written, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," became a number one country hit for Jake Owen. Paslay's debut single, "Never Really Wanted," also appeared in 2011, with a second single, "If the Fish Don't Bite," arriving a year later in 2012, followed by "Friday Night" in 2013. An eponymous debut album produced by Marshall Altman appeared early in 2014. The debut reached four on the Billboard country charts, supported by the hit singles "Friday Night" (which peaked at six), "Song About a Girl," and "She Don't Love You." "High Class," the first single from his second album, saw release in 2015. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Abilene, TX
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    January 29, 1983

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