“I been workin’ so hard, Keep punching my card,
Eight hours, for what? Oh, tell me what I got.”
Now, imagine those words sung by country music artist, Blake Shelton.
Sounds interesting, huh? It gets better.
Next, imagine a young Taylor Swift-esque county singer crooning “Holding Out For A Hero.” Sprinkle in some Cee-Lo and rapper, David Banner, and you’ve got yourself one bumping NEW Footloose soundtrack! Of course, nothing will replace the 1984 original but this one sure gives it a run for its money.
Before hearing the remake, I must admit to being a bit skeptical. How could anyone possibly make anything that would come close to the iconic songs of the original Footloose and, if so, who would be worthy of singing the songs? Kudos to the music peeps behind this one because they hit the mark. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to hear one of my favorite folk rock artists, Lissie, make an appearance with “Little Lovin’” which is from her album, Catching a Tiger. There are a few new songs, too, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy so much so that you may actually download the entire album…I promise, it’s worth it!
Here’s a peek at the track listing and a little helpful commentary:
Footloose – Blake Shelton (country music singer, Miranda Lambert’s hubby and vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice)
Where the River Goes – Zac Brown (the 2010 GRAMMY winning “Best New Artist”)
Little Lovin’ – Lissie (Paste Magazine’s 2010 “Best New Artist”)
Holding out for a Hero – Ella Mae Bowen (She’s a new comer. Hoping to hear more from her.)
Let’s Hear it For The Boy – Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill Actress)
So Sorry Mama – Whitney Duncan (She’s going to compete in the upcoming CBS show, Survivor: South Pacific.)
Fake ID – Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson (Rumor has it they got back together just to do this song.)
Almost Paradise – Victoria Justice/Hunter Hayes (beautiful duet)
Walkin’ Blues – CeeLo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shephard (Kudos to Kenny’s guitar playing!)
Magic in My Home – Jason Freeman (Very rock meets blues sounding)
Suicide Eyes – A Thousand Horses (The lead singer sounds like Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes)
Dance the Night Away – David Banner (Crunk-a-licious song…one of my favorites on the album!)
It was a hard choice but my favorite song on the album is…drumroll please…Ella Mae Bowen’s version of “Holding Out For A Hero.” Bravo girl because you took this song and made it your own!
Footloose is scheduled for release on October 14th.