Jerrod Niemann released his sophomore studio album, Free the Music, in July 2013. Though he grew up on a steady diet of Lefty Frizzell, Keith Whitley, and George Strait, the heartland country crooner showed off a pretty wide influence with the songs featured in the album. Among the 12 tracks featured, Niemann’s strength as a balladeer was exemplified in “Only God Could Love You More.”
Only God Could Love You More
Co-written with his good friend country star Lee Brice and Jone Stone from the band American Young, “Only God Could Love You More” is an incredibly compelling song accompanied by guitar harmonics, few scant percussion instruments, and a delicate piano harmony. The track may hint an aching tone from a breakup, but it can be a pretty good song to dance to for years to come.
No you are not alone
I am in this too, this is us
This is me and you
So go, turn and walk out that door
Hope you find what you’re lookin’ for
Just know only God could love you more
Than I do
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave 4.5 stars out of 5 for the song. He described it as a “vulnerable a la “Stay” by Sugarland. He commended Neimann’s voice filled with emotional strain that effectively delivered the story with blue heartache. Bobby Peacock of Rough Stock gave the same rating praising the tight phrasing, inspired production, and overall flawless execution that made the song a real standout.
Jerrod Niemann is a veteran singer before he focused on recording. He had written several songs for Garth Brooks that include “Good Ride Cowboy” and “That Girl is a Cowboy.” Other artists he penned songs for include Neal McCoy, Jamey Johnson, and Zona Jones.
The country star, raised in Kansas, started writing songs when he was 10. After playing in local clubs and bars, he moved to Nashville in 2000. His first breakthrough was unlocked with his album “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts. Also, the New York Times listed it on the Top 10 albums of 2010.
Tim McGraw, in one of his interviews, admitted Niemann is one of his favorite new country artists.
Free the Music Album
What’s particularly amusing about the album is the infusion of brass wind horns. Niemann’s band can be seen playing live using a custom-built acoustic guitar. An innovative technology called “Clasp” was also used for the instrumentation of every song. Moreover, Grammy-winning songstress Colbie Caillat lent her sultry vocals on the tune “I’m All About You.”
So whether you are looking for a song that would complement your blue feeling or a good country sound, here’s a song from Jerrod Niemann dedicated especially for you.