We’re getting all kinds of fancy (see what I did there?) with next week’s downloadable content. The fans have been asking for more country, and boy, we sure did deliver. We’re presenting Going Country Pack 04, straight from the homeland into your hearts (and video game consoles).
Next week’s country pack includes a collection of nine hits, ranging from old favorites like Keith Urban and Reba McEntire to young upstarts Eric Church and Jamey Johnson. Here’s a rundown on what’ll be twangin’ its way into your Rock Band Music Store next week:
Dierks Bentley signed to Capitol Records Nashville in 2003 and has since released four albums, from which 14 singles have made it to the country singles charts, and seven of those have reached No. 1, including his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” which will be available in the Rock Band Music Store next week. This is a fun storytelling song about bad decisions that make for good stories, and that’s something I can always get behind.
"Hell on the Heart" is a Top 10 hit from Eric Church’s second album, 2009's Carolina. The track will be available next week. The drums will be fun for folks who like a straight-forward Americana feel. I can’t wait for the next Rock Band Night at Improv Boston. I want someone to sing the lyrics “She’s cute when she’s mad” from this song to me as I judge them harshly for thrusting in my direction one too many times.
Jamey Johnson has released three albums since 2006 and is set to release his fourth, The Guitar Song Part 1 & 2, in September. He’s been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and next week, his song, “Women,” from 2008’s That Lonesome Song, will be available in the Rock Band Music Store. From what I can gather, this song is about how the ladies don’t like Jamey Johnson. It’s a fun one.
Josh Turner won Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year from the Inspirational Country Music Awards and has also been nominated for a smattering of other awards, including two Grammy nominations. Next week, “Would You Go With Me” from his 2006 album, Your Man, will be available in Rock Band. This one has some fast finger pickin’. Guitarists beware! Josh’s voice is all bass, which should prove a cool challenge for vocalists as well.
Keith Urban has released six albums since 1991, with all but one of them going at least platinum, and some going two-, three- and four-times platinum. He has had 17 No. 1 singles and has won three Grammy Awards. Next week, the “live life to the fullest” anthem, “Days Go By,” will be available for Rock Band.
After Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut went platinum and earned the band a Grammy Award, the band went on to release their sophomore album, Need You Now, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified double platinum. “Lookin’ For a Good Time,” from the debut Lady Antebellum will be available in the Rock Band Music Store next week.
“Rebound,” the single from Laura Bell Bundy’s second album, Achin’ and Shakin’, from Mercury Records Nashville, will be available in Rock Band next week. For the girls who like to sing out there, this is a must.
I’m especially excited for a track from the Queen of Country Music herself – Reba McEntire! Reba has sold more than 41 million albums in the United States alone and ranks as the seventh best-selling female artist in all genres in the United States and is the second best-selling female country artist of all time in the United States. Next week, Reba’s hit single, “Fancy,” from her 1990 album Rumor Has It, will be available for Rock Band next week. I love this song about a teenage girl learning how to take advantage of the circumstances around her to move up in life … and that’s all we’ll say about those lyrics.
Grammy Award-winning Sugarland, a trio of singer/songwriters from the Atlanta area, have garnered a lot of buzz since their debut in 2002, and next week, “It Happens,” the No. 1 single from the group’s 2008 album, Love on the Inside, will be available in the Rock Band Music Store.
These tracks will be available as “Going Country Pack 04,” as well as individual tracks, on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii, and the pack will be $14.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
To discuss this DLC, please visit the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.