OFFSTAGE: Chris Young Shines by Neon and by Flashlight

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When Chris Young sings songs about night time, and being in the dark, I melt. But now that his new album Neon is out, it’s his songs about lights that have me hitting the play button over and over. The title track alone is practically worn out already. In the title song, Young is admitting that of all the colors he’s seen, neon is his favorite. It’s the light they always leave on and the buzz he loves to be on. It is everything a good smoky, sexy country song should be. Then on the other hand, there’s “Flashlight.” It’s just a simple story about a father and son huddled underneath the hood of a Chevrolet, but the hook gets me every time: “‘Cause to this day, I still can’t make ‘em run right/But I sure did learn a lot, just holding the flashlight.” These two songs kind of bookend the album for me and demonstrate the kind of range Young has as a singer and songwriter.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.