Vocals that are smooth as slick come from my speakers as I sit down Saturday to listen to a new song. The soft acoustic guitar opens up and is soon joined by electric and pedal steel. Unfamiliar with the artist, I’m intrigued at this track. Not the least surprised however, because it’s a Fort Worth Sound Bart Rose production. Bart Rose has worked with an incredible amount of artists over his 25 plus year experience. Through Rose I learned about this song, I Can’t Win, and it’s craftsman, singer-songwriter, Jay Smith.
The power of a woman. It’s one of the amazing things in life. A man will begin to do things he never thought he would. Suddenly he’s more flexible and understanding to her desires. “Oh we can go to your favorite restaurant tonight, honey.” The texting ramps up with all the cutesy messages they send back and forth. Often denies it to his buddies and gets defensive, but they all know. He’s in love. (cue the little kids saying “ewwww” in the movies.)
When you’re under the spell like this, it’s hard to say no and you do everything you can to make it work.
There’ll be fire, There’ll be rain, We’ll have our struggles, yeah, We’ll have our pain, The only difference is our love will feel brand new, we’ll fight through, Me and you.
I Can’t Win features Texas country artist Jay Smith and the beautiful vocals of Jackie Darlene, helping to add that romantic touch. Just one listen and you will be blown away with how well their voices pair together. Songs like this tap into our own feelings and either do a stand up job at being convincing or fall short. Here, Smith has written a tune that is brought alive with the attention to the acoustic guitar strumming and their voices being front and center. It’s believable, memorable and simply, sounds great.
I could not help but compare this song to the 2001 smash hit Picture by Kid Rock which features Sheryl Crow. Now it’s a different type of song, yes I know. Listen to the delivery though. The voices are not over-run by raging drums and guitars. The vocals are there to bask in the sunlight and the drum and guitar in the back ground to compliment everything. You get an overwhelming feeling that there is a huge amount of potential for a song like this.
I don’t know much about Jay Smith right now, but after hearing I Can’t Win, I’m definitely ready for more. Bring it brother.
Give a listen to I Can’t Win and let me know what you think. I’m pretty hopeful for his future after hearing it and believe Texas Radio will eat it up.
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