Country Music Veteran Randy Houser Takes Us On A Journey With New Album "Note To Self"
As the title track continues climbing the charts in the top 40, Billboard lauded “golden-voiced Mississippi native” Randy Houser releases his highly anticipated sixth studio album Note To Self today, November 11, via Magnolia Music Group.
A collection of nostalgia, wisdom, hard work and cowboy culture, Houser co-wrote all 10 tracks and produced the album with the help of Blake Chancey, recording the project from his home studio.
“Blake and I worked on this record for a long time, and I’m so proud to be able to finally share it,” notes the Platinum-selling artist. “Note To Self really came together at a time when I was doing a lot of reflecting on my life.
“It became a way to impart some things I’ve learned about myself and some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way,” he elaborates. “As artists, I think sometimes we get so caught up with trying to have a hit that we miss an opportunity to really connect with people. Sometimes you need to talk about what’s going on in the world, and in your own world, so people can relate to that and feel something.”
Lead single “Note to Self” offers deliberate introspection, challenging the listener to reflect and consider hard truths. Written by Houser with Ross Copperman, Casey Beathard and Bobby Pinson, the title track was penned with reflective insight on how to cherish the things that truly matter, while showcasing his New York Times-dubbed “rich, vicious” vocal stamina.
Album opener “Still That Cowboy” was written as an ode to his wife Tatiana, with CMT.com sharing, “Houser has never been afraid to sing country music, and ‘Still That Cowboy’ spotlights the genre’s tenets as much as anything Houser has ever released,” while “Workin’ Man” illuminates the tenacity and persistence of America’s blue-collar workers among the struggles they face day-to-day to support themselves and their families, with MusicRow calling it a “rousing blue-collar anthem” that Houser sings with “a barn-burner baritone that dips and growls in all the right places.”
Steel guitar and fiddle-laced “Country Round Here Tonight,” reminiscent of the classic country hits of the 90s’, creates a feeling of nostalgia, as Houser croons about a small-town spot where everyone goes to unwind and spend their paycheck, followed by “Take It To The Bank,” which opens with acoustic guitar – fitting for a love story focused on spending quality time together rather than being dependent on wealth to bring happiness.
As Houser lulls softly, building into a heavy hitting chorus, “Call Me” finds him pining to hear from his lover, as he’d rather be fighting than not speaking at all: “3am is the loneliest time when we’re fighting; sometimes nothing speaks any louder than silence.” The ballad is juxtaposed with “Out And Down,” which finds Houser digging into his delta upbringing and leaning into his Blues influences as he sings about being under the influence to get over an ending relationship.
“Rub A Little Dirt On It” delivers some much-needed wisdom that’s often forgotten in our fast-paced world – that difficult times are only temporary, sometimes alleviated by turning to places of beauty and tranquility, while “American Dreamer” touches on patriotism and the diligence passed down throughout generations to work hard with pride.
Closing with “Remember How To Pray,” Houser gives credit to his Maker, recognizing His prominence throughout his life, while acknowledging “Every now and then, I lose my way, but I still remember how to pray.”
Houser's signature twang carries listeners thru a musical diary in a way only the country music veteran can.
Houser is currently on the road with Cody Johnson to wrap up a milestone year, after performing multiple sold-out shows throughout 2022, including an at-capacity stop at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. For dates, tickets and additional information, visit RandyHouser.com.
Houser will also be hitting the big screen alongside notable actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon and Dennis Quaid in The Hill.
Note To Self Tracklist:
1. Still That Cowboy (Randy Houser, Matt Rogers, Josh Hoge)
2. Workin’ Man (Randy Houser, Randy Montana)
3. Note To Self (Randy Houser, Casey Beathard, Ross Copperman, Bobby Pinson)
4. Country ‘Round Here Tonight (Randy Houser, Brice Long, Jeff Hyde)
5. Take It To The Bank (Randy Houser, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tindell)
6. Call Me (Randy Houser, Paul Overstreet, Andrew Albert)
7. Out And Down (Randy Houser, Matt Rogers, Chris DeStefano)
8. Rub A Little Dirt On It (Randy Houser, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)
9. American Dreamer (Randy Houser, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
10. Remember How To Pray (Randy Houser, Kendell Marvel)