Denny Strickland has given every new act the blueprint to follow.
Both of his single releases, “Swerve On” and “How Far You Wanna Go,” performed very well on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart. With that successful track record already proving his ability to have strong chart performances, he now releases his infectious, new single “Get A Grip.”
Strickland’s contemporary first release of 2016, written by Bill DiLuigi, Henry Jack Williams, and Troy Johnson, leans very heavy on the pop side of country by using electronic beats to carry us over a hypnotizing groove.
Because of this nearly pure pop feel, he will draw comparisons to Chris Lane and Thomas Rhett. But Strickland separates himself from that pack with his deep baritone vocals and within his instrumentation as his usage of piano is prominent and becomes a key factor to giving this a different feel than his counterparts.
The familiar theme of being at a crowded club with your girl by your side isn’t anything new in the modern age of country, but Strickland does add descriptive elements to help paint the scene and give the listener the visual.
When describing his girl, he states that she smells like honeysuckle and is wearing tight fighting jeans.
When taking us the dance floor at the club he sings, “bodies jumping, slamming tight, speakers bumpin’, smoke and lights.”
He slides in some flirty, sexiness to the lyrics when he states in the chorus, “Gonna grab you girl while the bass is shaking up your hips.”
For those that know Denny Strickland through his acoustic video series “The Cellar Sessions,” where he presents cover versions of legendary country acts such as David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings, “Get A Grip” will be a major curve ball.
However, if you’ve followed Strickland through each of his own single releases, then “Get A Grip” is the natural progression that you’d expect.