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Eric Paslay, ‘If the Fish Don’t Bite’ – Song Review

If the Fish Don't Bite
EMI Nashville

Country newcomer Eric Paslay has recorded the sort of earworm you don’t want to evict. ‘If the Fish Don’t Bite’ is as easy of a listen as crickets in the night.

Part of the appeal is the tight and familiar lyric, but it’d be a mistake to overlook the warmth of Paslay’s vocals. His voice is unique — with a sort of whiskey cask resonance — but not so unusual that it overshadows the sweet story.

“Got a bobber floatin’ in the water with a minnow dancin’ on a hook / Your singin’ to the radio, bare feet in the brook / Your prettiest catch I could have ever caught / I love you so / Cause you love comin’ with me to this fishin’ hole,” Paslay sings to open the song. The singer is hardly a Nashville newbie, having written a number of songs for artists like Lady Antebellum, Love and Theft and Jake Owen (‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’).

The chorus goes: “And if the fish don’t bite / That’ll be alright, alright / If the fish don’t bite / We can lay beneath the moonlight, moonlight / If we don’t do any good at fishin’ / Maybe we can catch a little kissin’ tonight if the fish don’t bite.”

Layers of backing vocals never interfere with the story. The song may not win recognition at year-end ceremonies, but with any luck it will become the one country music fans find themselves singing most this summer. A few will even start shopping for fishing poles and bobbers.

4.5 Stars
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