How Country Feels (song)

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"How Country Feels"
Single by Randy Houser
from the album How Country Feels
Released May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label Stoney Creek
Writer(s) Vicky McGehee
Wendell Mobley
Neil Thrasher
Producer(s) Derek George
Randy Houser singles chronology
"In God's Time"
(2011)
"How Country Feels"
(2012)
"Runnin' Outta Moonlight"
(2013)

"How Country Feels" is a song recorded by American country music artist Randy Houser. It was released in May 2012 as the first single and title track from his album How Country Feels.[1] It was written by Vicky McGehee, Wendell Mobley, and Neil Thrasher.[2] The song has became famous for being the first song on all stations so far joining Cumulus Media's "Nash FM" format, starting with WNSH in New York in January 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that "the lyrics are sharp but familiar, and there isn’t a whole lot of attitude until a guitar solo late in the song."[3] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review, calling it "a strong, melodic single that is immediate and hook-filled and sung perfectly."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed at Glen Leven Farm in Nashville, Tennessee. It was directed by Wes Edwards and premiered on August 31, 2012.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"How Country Feels" debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 12, 2012.[6] It debuted at number 81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 21, 2012. It debuted at number 55 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of December 15, 2012. On the Country Airplay chart dated February 2, 2013, "How Country Feels" became Houser's first Number One country hit.

Chart (2012–2013) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 46
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 6
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 70
Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13] 51
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 46
Preceded by
"Goodbye in Her Eyes"
by Zac Brown Band
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

February 2, 2013
Succeeded by
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)"
by Gary Allan
Billboard Canada Country
number-one single

February 2–9, 2013

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (April 22, 2012). "Randy Houser Reveals Forthcoming Album Will Reflect New ‘Domesticated’ Lifestyle". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (July 27, 2012). "Randy Houser, ‘How Country Feels’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (April 17, 2012). "Randy Houser, ‘How Country Feels’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 13, 2012). "The Weekly Single Recap: April 12, 2012". Roughstock. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "CMT Hosts Premiere For Randy Houser's "How Country Feels" Video". All Access. August 28, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (May 5, 2012). "Rascal Flatts' "Banjo" Rings as Week's Top Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Randy Houser.
  8. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Randy Houser.
  9. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Randy Houser.
  10. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Randy Houser.
  11. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Randy Houser.
  12. ^ "Best of 2012: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Randy Houser – How Country Feels". Music Canada. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Randy Houser – How Country Feels". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 15, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH