Song Review: JT Hodges “Lay It Down”

One thing I’ve always loved about JT Hodges is that he’s managed to stray away from current country stereotypes. Rather than cave to the pressures of radio and bro-country, he put out smart and snappy country songs like “Goodbyes Made You Mine,” “Hunt You Down,” and my personal favorite “Sleepy Little Town.” Unfortunately, he strays from that pattern on his newest release “Lay It Down.”

Of the track, written by Busbee, Liz Rose and Eric Paslay, Hodges says, “I’m all about making music that makes you wanna move, get your head noddin’ and put you in a mood. This new record is loaded with that sentiment, and this song kicks it all off. So y’all crank it up nice and loud!”

While the tune may be catchy and perfect for blaring with your windows rolled down, it sounds more Brantley Gilbert than JT Hodges. Lyrics like “shake your little sugar shack” and “I’m your coffee, you’re my cream, girl you know just what that means” pepper the track, and maybe it’s just me, but I’m a girl who’s actually not quite sure what that means.

With “Lay It Down,” JT swings for conformity and misses on what made him a unique artist who truly stood out. I’ll be shaking my “sugar shack” elsewhere for the time being.

Also #CMchat did a Twitterview with JT several months ago.  You can catch it here. 


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  1. I'm not a long time country music listener and I've never heard any of Mr. Hodges other songs but I love this song. I think it's different than other country songs I'm hearing on XM radio. I think you should be shaking your "sugar shack" to this song. Mark from Kansas

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