The headlines screamed “Jon Bon Jovi And LeAnn Rimes Caught In Bed Together!” Technically, it was true, but they were probably not having as much fun as the headline might suggest. They were actually shooting a video for a new single they have been working on called “Stranger.”
This news came at an interesting time for me because I’ve been listening to some new LeAnn Rimes music lately. Classic rock, as we all know, is my first love of course. However, that does not mean I don’t listen to other stuff once in a while and sometimes even (gasp!) country!
I’m extraordinarily picky about the country music I do listen to and it amounts to just a small handful of country artists that have a rock-style edge to at least some of their material. I really don’t listen to any “old school” country music because I just don’t like it.
Anyway, I was watching the Letterman show a week or so ago and the musical guest was LeAnn Rimes. I always give Letterman’s musical guests at least a few seconds just to see if it is something I might like (except if it is rap). I’d say about 95% of the time it is not.
LeAnn was doing a song called “Nothin’ Better To Do,” and although it might be a bit more country than I usually like, I was getting into it. So much so that I decided that I had to hear the rest of this new album she was promoting called Family.
I’ve listened to the whole album a number of times and I have to say I really like it. There are a few tracks I can live without, but my favorites have to be “Upper Hand,” “Doesn’t Everybody,” “Something I Can Feel,” “Nothin’ Better To Do” and the title track, “Family,” which would have to be my number one favorite of the album.
I remember hearing LeAnn Rimes back when she first hit the airwaves with her single “Blue.”She was obviously an impressive talent then and remains so today.
My taste in country music heavily favors female vocalists. There is some material from both Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood I really like. If your taste runs in that direction at all, I would recommend you seriously consider checking out LeAnn Rimes’ latest offering.