Randy Houser makes another trip around the sun. As he’s turning 45-years-old today and looking towards the future, we’re taking a look at some of his best moments.
A Bit of Backstory About Randy Houser
The now successful country music singer-songwriter was born Shawn Randolph Houser on December 18, 1975, in Lake Mississippi. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a professional musician and started teaching himself the guitar.
Houser even fronted his own band by the age of 10. Then later on while attending East Central Community College, he formed another band called 10 lb. Biscuit.
In 2002, Houser moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start a career in songwriting. He found early success with his first hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which was co-written with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson. Trace Adkins when on recording the track that became a Top 5 single.
After Houser’s success as a songwriter, he shifted his focus to performing and started playing local gigs in Nashville. He signed with Universal South Records in 2008 and the rest is history.
Houser’s First Single Charts on ‘Billboard’
Not long after he signed with Universal, Houser put out “Anything Goes” which quickly put him on the music scene as a singer. The track was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart.
The song is about a broken heart and a one-night stand, while having that traditional country sound to it.
“Anything goes when everything’s gone,” the chorus goes as the steel guitar soundtracks the tune. “You ain’t around to give a damn whether I do right or wrong.”
He’s Back with ‘Boots On’
As a matter of fact, the title track to his debut album of the same name also produced his first Top 5 hit, “Boots On.” This is more of an upbeat jam and something that’s completely different than his first single.
The song is about working hard, and playing hard with “boots on.” Houser’s baritone voice sings in the chorus, “[With] these calloused hands / And a muddy pair of jeans / With that Copenhagen ring / No need to change a thing / Hey, y’all / I’m going out with my boots on.”
Houser Reaches Number One with ‘How Country Feels’
The singer-songwriter switched labels in 2012 and moved to Broken Bow Record. Hauser’s first No. 1 is off his third album How Country Feels. The title track was a hit and rose to No. 1 on the country charts.
Houser stuck to what he knows best in this tune. He croons about the country lifestyle and even flirts with a girl. The video starts out showing the hustle and bustle of Music City and the woman character working. However, her eyes become “opened” when she steps foot on the country landscape.
“You never rolled in the hay, you never thrown it in four-wheel,” he sings. “Climb up on here, girl / Let me show you how country feels.”
The single went platinum and scored the CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year-winning music video.
Randy’s ‘Runnin’ Outta Moonlight’ But Not Houser Hits
This is the second single from How Country Feels and it’s just as big as the first. It’s actually his biggest to date, The Boot says.
This song takes us back to our high school days and the puppy love that we thought was going to last. Once again, Houser croons about being in the country and the marvels it has to offer, all the while trying to win over his crush.
“Come on, baby, don’t you keep me waitin’ / I gotta go, I gotta reservation for two underneath the stars / Kiss on your lips when you’re in my arms,” Houser sings in the cleverly written chorus.
The song was so popular that it became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts and went platinum in both the U.S. and Canada.
‘Like a Cowboy’ Goes Gold
“Like a Cowboy” is a whole vibe. The 7-minute long music video is set in the old west and might be a little hokey at first, but then we totally get Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler vibes from the hit show “Yellowstone.”
The music video set aside, the lyrics are meaningful and sentimental to those that spend their life on the road.
“I know this life is crazy / But I’ll be home soon baby,” and “I’ll ride in on a sunny day / Sing you a song, steal your heart away / Like a cowboy,” says exactly what we mean.
This track is the fourth single from How Country Feels and perhaps showcases Houser’s voice the best. This earworm was a No.3 hit, plus it was certified gold. “Like a Cowboy” was nominated for the CMA Song of the Year Award.
Houser has had quite an impressive career, and we’re only touching on the tip of the iceberg. Songs like “We Went” and “What Whiskey Does” are two of his more recent singles that also make our most memorable list.
From songwriting to singing, then songwriting again, this Mississippi native has made a name for himself in the business and with his fans.
From us at Outsider, we wish you Mr. Randy Houser a happy birthday! We hope you get to spend it with your “Boots On,” “Like a Cowboy” and drinking whiskey.