SINGLE REVIEW: American Young “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight”

Just when you think it’s safe, your broken heart starting to heal, and your friends inviting you out … who do you run into? The ‘ex’, the one who left your heart broken and the one you know you need to move on from.

American Young’s second single from their self-titled EP (released June 24th on Curb Records), “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight“, deals with seeing your once significant other, out with friends, pain and resentment bubbling up inside, made only slightly more bearable by the downing of drinks. American Young’s blended vocals, along with masterful fiddle playing, capture the angst of an experience many of us would rather forget.

American Young consists of former Bomshel fiddler/singer Kristy Osmunson and songwriter/producer Jon Stone. The two knew from the first time they played together that they had a unique musical presence. Jon co-wrote the song with Lee Brice and Billy Montana. Released today, the single will made its radio impact on July 28.

Kristy’s past writing credits included Joey + Rory’s “Cheater, Cheater” and Bombshel’s “Fight Like a Girl” and “19 and Crazy“. Jon’s credits included Kenny Chesney’s “Seven Days“, Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang“, and Blake Shelton’s “Kiss My Country Ass“. Jon was one of the producers on Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love album (and a co-writer on his #1 hit “A Woman Like You“).

“I’ve waited my whole life to find someone I could play with like that. ‘Cause that’s really all we do. The stage is our sandbox and we bring different toys and make things.” (Kristy)

“I realized today that if she hadn’t found me, I would have never gotten to live my dream of being a singer. And if I hadn’t found her, she would have never realized and found who she is.” (Jon)

American Young performed their first single, “Love Is War“, for Andi Dorfman and her date on the June 30th episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Love songs can be ‘scripted reality’ – in other words, sugar coated. Not true of this song, co-written by Jonathon Singleton, Kyle Sackley, and Billy Montana. Real people disagree, get frustrated over seemingly small things, breakdown when the baby won’t stop crying, and blurt mean words when arguing. White flags might need to be waved, truces offered. Those same people, though, the ones who you can be yourself around, for better or worse, are the ones who really have your back (and heart). The simple melodies, the heartfelt lyrics, this song is an old flannel shirt and comfy slippers, a perfect country mix.

Donna Block

Donna Block

I’ve been privileged to write album reviews for Got Country Online since 2012. John Berry,John Michael Montgomery, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson their music caught my ear, their lyrics caught my heart. Country music is my go-to, whether my day is great or not. I love to crank up old and new tunes, kick back and enjoy!

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