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CD Review: Parker Willingham - YOU GET ME EVERY TIME

Parker Willingham - YOU GET ME EVERY TIME

The new 11-track project from Parker Willingham showcases an artist who is a combination of insightful songwriter and above-average talented singer. In this new album, Willingham comes across as a rooted soul with more of an affinity for rural living and the seashore than life in the big city. A self-described ‘easy-does-it’ guy, Willingham grew up in the appropriately-named Niceville, Florida, and says you won’t hear any good ol’ boy party anthems in his repertoire.

However, YOU GET ME EVERY TIME has plenty of robust vigor with down to earth lyrics and strong, catchy melodies delivered in Willingham’s sturdy and sometimes raspy voice.  In “Not Like Me” (a Willingham co-write with Paula Hallmark, Bobby Walton and album producer Kate Hart) he strikes an original note when he sings that he wants a girl “who ain’t like me.” He’s looking for someone who’s a working contradiction who isn’t crazy like he is. It’s his acknowledgement that opposites attract, and features a duet, with female counterpoint, from Grace Goyer.

Willingham grew up listening to a diverse range of music that includes Styx, Skynyrd, George Strait, Garth Brooks plus blues, rock and reggae.  But in the songs on this album, it’s possible hear hints of songwriters such as Jimmy Webb and Kris Kristofferson in the way that his songs feel rooted in his vision of small-town life and sometimes his experience as what he calls a ‘beach-dwelling redneck’ before leaving the Florida panhandle for Nashville. Even in Music City, there’s still some sand between his toes.  The self-penned “All Over You” evokes that endless summer feel, spending time on the beach with someone special.

The tile track, “You Get Me Every Time,” is a heartfelt love song with a great hook that should be killin’ it on Country radio right now. “She can build me up, she can tear me down / Light up my world, burn it to the ground / She’s all I want, couldn’t ask for more.”

Other standout tracks: “Flipside” [Yeah! Long time since you heard someone say, “I’ll catch you on the flipside’!], the evocative “Me Loving You,” and the ‘happy new love’ vibe of the final track, the Nial Goodridge Hay-penned “We Got It Alright.”

More about Willingham at https://www.parkerwillinghammusic.com and videos (“All Over You,” “Cold Creek,” etc) at YouTube.

CD Review by Preshias Harris for Country Music News International

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