It has been two years since Randy Houser released a new single to country radio and Friday (June 29), the singer returned with the powerful ballad “What Whiskey Does.” Co-written by Randy, Keith Gattis and Hillary Lindsey, the singer’s memorable vocals are at the forefront of the song while Hillary provides striking harmonies.
On “What Whiskey Does,” Randy sings of the effects whiskey can have on a man. At one point in the song, he finds himself drowning his sorrows in whiskey following the end of a relationship. “Maybe it’ll take me to a better place and put a smile back on my face / Maybe it’ll make me hate myself or fall in love with somebody else / I’m gonna light one up and sit right here,” he croons on the track.
Following a successful headlining tour two years ago, Randy decided to hunker down and focus on his love for songwriting. “What Whiskey Does” is the first taste of new music from the singer since 2016’s “Song Number 7” and is just a hint of what’s to come from the powerhouse singer, with additional tracks expected later this year.
“Coming off such a big year in 2017, I really wanted to get back to the basics, experiment with sound and make music that inspired me,” Randy says in a statement. “‘What Whiskey Does’ was born from a mission to forget about all of the bells and whistles, relax and just create music that felt good to make.”
With stripped down music accompaniment, Randy’s voice is heard loud and clear and “What Whiskey Does” marks a welcomed return from the singer to country radio. The Mississippi native has had a successful run at radio with four previous chart toppers. He had three consecutive No. 1 hits in 2012 and 2013 with “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss.” His last chart topper came two years later with “We Went” in 2015.