Hey Jake, it’s your buddy Leon. How have you been? I see that your new single flopped…bummer, man. Anyway, don’t you think this radio pandering bit has done got out of hand?
You know what I’m talking about Jake. Don’t act like you’re happy releasing fluffy, uptempo “funky” material over the stuff that actually means something. You said that before, you have to still mean it right? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. I’m not sure, Jake.
I’m bringing this up now for one reason – to persuade you to release “LAX” as your new single. I’m not an idiot. I know that traditional country isn’t making a resurgence on the radio waves like we all think it is, but it is making a resurgence overall. Heck, just recently it was announced that Aaron Watson sold 39,000 copies of his latest album, Vaquero while Little Big Town sold 51,000 copies with their latest album, The Breaker. The former has literally no hits at country radio whatsoever while the latter had a huge number one thanks to Taylor Swift’s name being attached to it! Sure, you could argue that Watson has been around for a long time, but then again so have Little Big Town. The difference in sales between the two isn’t that much, my friend, and between that and the rise of other artists like Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, there is a market out there.
Jake, at your best you can truly be a real asset to the entire genre. Hell, you even made bro-country sound fun. You’ve also proven that through songs like “What We Ain’t Got”, “Ghost Town”, “Life Of The Party”, “Startin’ With Me” and a couple other songs that you can be a great artist. At your worst?
Yeah….don’t need to ever hear that song again. I mean don’t get me wrong, your last single “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You” wasn’t atrocious by any means, but it catered to that funky R&B noise that we don’t need anymore of on country radio. And yeah, I get that Chris Stapleton was on it, I won’t deny he’s written some bad songs (even if his vocals on the track are an asset). Still, what made you think it would be a hit? Corporate radio hates Chris Stapleton
since they’re whiny babies who didn’t discover him first. Now you’ve got your lowest performing hit to date.
But now that’s done, and the time to release a new single is upon you.You were a beacon of light during the bro-country era when you released “What We Ain’t Got” as a single (shoutout to Travis Meadows by the way), and you have that chance again with “LAX”. It’s a damn great song, man. The pedal steel is obnoxiously prevalent in the song, and you’ve got a ton of personality needed to sell the sadness within the song. Plus, it’s well written to boot. You could also release one of the more generic tracks on your new album like “Everybody Dies Young”, “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”, or “After Midnight”, but what good will that really do Jake? Any of them would probably go number one, but how long would it last? “American Country Love Song” helped to end your dry spell of not having any hits, and now look where you are just one single later.
I’m not saying “LAX” is going to turn you into some big megastar or anything, since it’s not. Radio doesn’t like smart songs. But for God’s sake Jake, if you truly want to make a difference in country music like you did all those years ago, release “LAX”…….please?
Editor’s note: It was brought up in the comments so I’ll address it here, yes, I get that Jake has little to no say about his next single, but hell, he fought for “What We Ain’t Got”, why not do the same for this? All I want to see is a little effort…