Less Than Whole

Album: Eric Paslay (2014)
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  • Before releasing his eponymous debut album, Eric Paslay was successful as a songwriter, co-penning hit tunes for Jake Owen ("Barefoot Blue Jean Night"), Eli Young Band ("Even If It Breaks Your Heart") and Love and Theft ("Angel Eyes"). The Texas native explained in a video how this song helped him develop his own rocking country sound. "The night that I discovered that I can sing with a lot of soul, someone said I wasn't rockin' enough," he shared. "I remember sittin' there, and I was just thinking, 'You don't think I'm rockin' enough?'"

    Paslay took that as a challenge, reaching for a big high note at the end of this show-stopping song. "And I remember looking around, and everyone was just looking like . . ." he trailed off with an expression of disbelief before adding, "I think that taught me, when you feel like you've hit a wall, just tear it down."
  • Paslay co-penned this thoughtful treatise on grace and forgiveness with Big Kenny of Big & Rich and Kenny originally included it on his 2009 solo album, The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy.

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