Chris Young Makes Powerful Statement within Country Music with Album “Famous Friends” (Review)
A full-length album from Chris Young, award-winning country singer and power vocalist, is titled “Famous Friends.”
Chris Young is excited to finally be releasing his 8th studio album, which features twelve number-one singles, including his multi-week chart-topper “Famous Friends.”. There are several other famous collaborators on the album, including Lauren Alaina on “Town Ain’t Big Enough” and Mitchell Tenpenny on “At The End of The Bar,” with background vocals provided by Sarah Buxton and Hillary Lindsey.
Despite the long wait for Young’s new full-length, he has been releasing and teasing songs from this project for years that have become fan favorites. Young’s song “Drowning,” written with his long-time collaborators Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge about the loss of a close friend, captures the sadness of grief in a beautiful way. It’s a struggle coming to terms with the loss of a loved one and experiencing waves of emotion. “I can’t help That all I think about is / How you were taken way too soon / It ain’t the same here without you / I gotta say, missing you comes in waves / And tonight I’m drowning”
The song “At The End of The Bar”, featuring Mitchell Tenpenny, is another standout on the album. They sing about love or heartbreak, relationships, friendships, important conversations, and the closing of a bar, as they are two of Nashville’s best singers. “You can find your future, run into your past, you can look for answers, at the bottom of a glass…” they sing. Whether it’s celebrating or sulking, so many of the big moments in life can begin or end under the neon lights. Young told us during a virtual interview that he asked Tenpenny to sing the first few lines as they were writing it back in February during a snowstorm just to hear it back and he immediately loved the way their voices blending together on the track. “I said, dude would you be opposed to making this a duet, do you want to do something like that?…” and he answered, “Dude, I’m in, I love that song.”
Young still includes at least one great party track on each of his albums, and “Hold My Beer Watch This” and “One Of Them Nights” remain true to that tradition. During his live performances, you’re sure to enjoy singing along to his electric guitar and fun drum beat.
It is not a surprise to find lots of love songs for all types of relationships such as “Tonight We’re Dancing”, “Love Looks Good On You” and “Best Seat in the House”. The track “When You’re Drinking” or “Town Ain’t Big Enough” will be more suitable for those currently living a single life or experiencing heartbreak.
This collection of country songs has a song for everyone, whether you’re listening at a tailgate, reflecting on a long drive, or experiencing nostalgia for your hometown. In addition to retaining his country sound, Young has continued to prove his ability to stay completely fresh and relevant.