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One listen to Randy's soulful singing is enough to convince you that you are listening to a star. His deeply felt lyrics are proof, that Randy Houser has not only lived the life of a true "Paycheck Man", but is major songwriting talent. His open-hearted, charismatic personality shines through in his debut album.

Whether getting his "Boots On" to party Country style or plunging into sadness, Randy Houser has what all great country artists have- believability. Thanks to his riveting vocal prowess, Randy is receiving great responses from both fans and radio programmers with his first single, the strikingly emotional ballad "Anything Goes". As illustrated in his breakthrough single, Randy Houser is a breathtaking vocalist with fire and conviction at his core.

Both the songs he has written and the songs he has chosen from other talented Nashville writers for this album are superb showcases for the vocal side of his talent. In addition to "Anything Goes," they include the sensual "Strange" and the ultra-cool, groove-saturated "How Many Times," the latter featuring harmony vocals by superstar Vince Gill.

About the Artist

The passion, enthusiasm and conviction in Randy Houser's music is utterly irresistible. One listen to his soul-drenched singing is enough to convince you that you are in the presence of a masterful performer. One scan of his deeply felt lyrics is all the proof you need to see that this is a major songwriting talent. And one meeting with this smiling, endearing, open-hearted personality is all it takes to make you believe he deserves to be a star.

That indefinable something, called charisma, is all over his exceptional debut CD. Whether plunging into sadness or leaping for joy in song, Randy Houser has what all great country artists have - believability.

The album is the capstone of an extraordinary run of good fortune for the singer-songwriter. Thanks to his riveting vocal prowess, Randy is receiving great response from both fans and radio programmers with his first single, the gripping, strikingly emotional ballad "Anything Goes." As illustrated in his breakthrough single, Randy Houser is a breathtaking vocalist with fire and conviction at his core. The songs he has chosen by other Nashville writers for this album are superb showcases for the vocal side of his talent. In addition to "Anything Goes," they include the sensual "Strange" and the ultra-cool, groove-saturated "How Many Times," the latter featuring harmony vocals by superstar Vince Gill.

Randy grew up in central Mississippi. He was born in Jackson and raised in Lake, a small town between Jackson and Meridian. Musically, it's a region between the Blues and R&B of the Delta and the hard-core country music of the Deep South. There was always plenty of gospel music on the radio as well.

But his true musical foundation was the artistry of his father. His parents split up when he was only seven, and thereafter Randy spent summers with the professional singer and musician. Papa Houser was a fairly well known performer in the Jackson, Mississippi nightclub scene and was also a first call studio musician in and around that area for several years. After he relocated to Biloxi, young Randy decided to follow in his footsteps

"I started writing songs right away, at 15 and 16 years old. I was already starting, because I hated playing the `covers' of the hits. I knew that if I was ever going to do anything in music, I was going to have to learn to express myself. Otherwise, it was going to be the same-old, same-old." His father and mentor died when Randy was 21. He'd told his boy that he didn't want to be kept alive on machines. After his father lost consciousness, this young man was put in the agonizing position of having to "pull the plug" on the mentor he idolized. That painful experience formed the basis of Randy's emotional song "I'll Sleep." A few years later, Randy Houser made the big decision to move to Nashville to seek his fortune.

"I can literally say that a song changed my life," Randy reports. "I'll tell you how I made the decision. I was sitting at home one day and thinking, `God, what am I doing?' I'd been waiting around for so long and hadn't gone and done what I always said I was going to do. And then that song `Life Happened' came on the radio, and I just started bawling. And right then, I made the decision. I was gone.

"A guitar player friend from Mississippi had moved to Nashville. He said, `Well, come on..' So I came up in early 2003 with an air mattress and a pile of junk in a '92 Cougar. Two weeks later, the engine blew up in that car. I didn't know how I was going to make a living, but knew I had to make one"

Within two weeks of arriving, Randy ran into a woman who'd heard him perform in Mississippi. She arranged for him to sing a "demo" for a Nashville songwriter. Days later, he was getting calls to sing them all the time. Successful, Mississippi-bred songwriters Fred Knobloch and Derek George encouraged Randy. Derek took Randy to the Windswept publishing company, where Cliff Audretch, III became a booster.

Signed by Windswept in late 2003, Randy and co-writers Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson were on the charts with "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk" by early 2005. Since then, Randy's tunes have been picked up by John Michael Montgomery ("If You Ever Went Away"), Justin Moore ("Back That Thing Up"), George Canyon ("Coming From You") and other artists. Cliff loved Randy's own recordings of the tunes and urged producer Mark Wright to listen. Now Cliff and Mark have co-produced Randy Houser's outstanding disc debut.

"One day, awhile back, Mark (Wright) and I were talking about singers. He said, `Man, the most soulful singers in history all grew up poor.' This really rang true for me. That's part of the reason I sound the way that I do."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: UMG
  • ASIN: B001COVD9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A* VINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
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I remember watching David Letterman and catching the opening to "Anything Goes," and if my eyes were closed I would've sworn it was Ronnie Dunn! Houser can definietly sing and for the most part that gift is on display. The downer is that the material depends upon it. Houser has crafted a solid album to showcase his voice but he ends up squeezing in the arrangements around it and nothing on it sounds organic. And from seeing him on Letterman and catching him alive, it's a shame.

What does work here are the ballads. The piano laced "Something Real" is a show stopper, almost reaching its heights is, "I'll Sleep," with Houser's voice reaching and achieving some great high notes.

I don't want to dismiss the fast tracks, at times they are formulaic, but I have a soft spot for, "My Kind of Country," but I wanted more, I think I'm just being greedy. It's a great debut disc and is more than worth picking up. It's nice to hear a man in country music who's young and has such a command of his vocal ability. Houser has an extreme range and I hope he gets more exposure.
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By L. Douglas on September 29, 2014
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Love him!!!! I saw him in a small dive bar in NY years ago, and have followed him every since. Randy Houser is the man...that's it! lol I have now gotten all of his albums, and if you have dabbled in country music with a rock edge...he's your guy!
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I've known this guy and have played gigs with him back in MS since the 90's. He is amazing, the real deal. And this CD is a very good representation of the kind of talent he has, both as a singer and a songwriter. Great songs, great singing, great production.

Do I think that the mainstream will get this album and REALLY latch on to it? Not really. It's not the standard pop/country fodder of the day so it probably won't, on the whole, appeal to the lowest common denominator. Do I think that people who appreciate great talent and great songs (and ignore pop culture accoutrement) will love this CD? Absolutely.
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I bought this cd because I like to discover new artists and Randy Houser has been getting alot of playtime on the radio lately so I figured there were already a couple good tracks incase I didnt like the rest of them. Unfortunately as soon as I played this cd the first thing that stood out is the sound quality. Its pretty poor. Granted I dont usually expect to be blown away with amazing dynamics or seperation with the way the big wigs in the studios do things in this day and age but as far as I am concerned its bad enough to take away from the music. Randy's voice has no definition and there are zero dynamics in the music.

I'm not even going to bother reviewing the music itself because I dont think i'll be listening to this cd more than once simply because its so lifeless. Randy, I suggest getting in touch with Jamey Johnson because his latest album is a great example of what your music could sound like when its not all hacked up and compressed to go on the radio.
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I luv randy H is so great n yet I cant understand why he hasn't been at my
fav venues here in dfw area...or did I miss him....???

n e one out there knows where he's appearing let me know..please! thanks :-)

com'on dallas bring in randy H NOW! ... thank you amazon for the bestest CD's ever!!!
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This is my favorite album, I love Randy's voice and soul. He takes my breath away, the fast songs are fun and the slow songs make you stop and feel every single word of the lyrics. I'm looking forward to his next album.
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Randy Houser's first album is a very well thoughtout and written album. The songs covery a variety of topics but stay true to traditional country themes. One of my favorites is "my kind of country" which has an almost Montgomery Gentry sound about it. The first single is not much of an indication of the rest of the album which I purchased after seeing him and talking to him a few times at a local country bar. He is a really nice guy and his shows are great even this early in his career.

This is on my top 5 albums of 08 without question and has been a regular in my CD player since I purchased it.
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Just saw Randy Houser and Jamey Johnson together at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, RANDY HOUSER blew the lid off the place!!! He has a great LIVE voice which is great because so many concerts you cant even understand the words to the songs... btw Jamey Johnson probably needs to get clean again, i mean i like Merle Haggard music and all but his whole set was a big ole downer, i quit crying in my beer and we left the concert before it was over, come on Jamey practice what you sing Brother...keep it clean
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