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To say 90s Country was a huge moment in music history would be an understatement the size of Texas. It was paved by super powers like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Shania Twain. It had a ripple-effect through every small town fair, VFW and bar throughout the Unites States. It inspired many to pick up the guitar and try their shot at a Billy Ray Cirrus shot-to-fame.
One of those dreamers was Pennsylvania-native Johnny Jolin who came home on Army leave to discover the line-dancing craze firing up and he jumped in with both boots.
Opening shows for artists like David Lee Murphy, Randy Travis, Shenandoah and Confederate Railroad along with regional airplay of his breakout song "Hurricane Baby" helped the Country crooner etch out his own corner of touring circuit culminating to his 2010 Christian Country hit "Thank God" and a tour as far as China.
On March 20th, Johnny walks down memory lane with his new single "Country Band" which is a bonafide throwback. From the moment I hit play I could hear the mid-90s roots and even did some research to make sure it wasn't a cover song. The single was co-written by Andrew Scott Wills and co-produced by Toby Keith guitarist Dave Smith in Mt Juliet, TN.
The lyrics "Saw a long line and it blew my mind/everyone dancing on Friday night/to Billy Ray and Joe Diffie" summarize the Country music inferno that was happening. The track features steel guitar and a baritone guitar picking out the signature lick that could of been right off a Tracy Lawrence record circa 1993. But the certainly the most poignant moment of the song is when he states "I keep hearing people say they miss that 90s Country today/and I understand 'cause I saw it first hand."
If you experienced Country in the 1990s, "Country Band" will bring back some memories. If you weren't around yet, you'll wish you had been. Either way, you might find yourself two-stepping in the kitchen.
Its available March 20th on digital outlets and at JohnnyJolin.com
The song can be Pre-Saved here.
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