Parker McCollum has officially released his long-awaited third studio album, and it includes some great tracks with an incredible cast of co-writers like Parker’s producer Jon Randall, as well as Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers and even Miranda Lambert on the song “Falling Apart”.
He even included the fan-favorite “Dallas”, and I have to say, I’m glad he did. It’s a lonesome, wistful song where he’s debating with himself, trying to decide if he should he leave or stay in Dallas following a break-up.
One of my early favorites is “Why Indiana,” which he wrote with Erik Dylan and Randy Montana. Parker finds himself wondering why this girl broke up with him over the phone while he was in a wide open, lonely place like Indiana, rather than somewhere else, like a crowded bar in San Antonio or rainy, cold Portland, Oregon.
It’s easy to listen to and super catchy, and I can see this being one that people gravitate to for those reasons alone.
Another one that stuck out to me on the first few listens is “Never Loved You At All,” which is a damn honky-tonker, and, believe it or not, one he wrote with FGL’s Brian Kelley, as well as Corey Crowder. It finds Parker reveling in a break-up and wishing he’d never even met his ex in the first place.
It sounds like he can’t escape the sad country songs that keep playing on the jukebox at the bar, and each one reminds him again of the pain he’s feeling as he tries to use whiskey to numb it away. It’s easily the most fun song on the record and an upbeat way to close it out, as it’s the 10th and final track on the list.
There’s plenty more where that came from, too. I have a feeling I’m going to have this record on repeat for a while.
Go turn it up and dive into all the goodness we’ve waited so long to hear.
Hats off to the “Gold Chain Cowboy” himself for this fine piece of art that was well-worth the wait.