Ryan Baysden - What Turns You On By: Amy
Ross, CSO Staff Journalist
If you are an American Idol fan then you
will recognize the name Ryan Baysden. He was one of the lucky
ones selected in Greensboro, North Carolina to compete on the
show. Even Simon Cowell liked him! That, as we all know, is a
feat in itself. He was later eliminated from American Idol
because he was "too traditional country" well heck,
thatís right up our alley and I have to agree that Baysden
has a great traditional sound.
The first track on What Turns You On is
"Fall Of The Year". It is one of those songs that
get people out on the floor Ďrubbiní belt bucklesí and
it tells a great tale of change in our seasons and in love.
Very worthy of the last dance billing, which is always the
best song of the night.
Redneck"the second title on this album, just
makes you want to get rowdy. Give it a little time and the
country clubbers will have a line dance choreographed for it.
Warning: it would be unadvisable to sit in your chair tapping
your toe to the beat. This one will rock the legs off your
perch anyway, so get up and stomp!
Of all the love songs on Baysdenís album,
I have to say "Did I Say Something Wrong" is my
favorite by far. So much emotion in his vocals, I fear if he
were to sing this live, to a complete stranger, even she would
hopelessly fall in love by the end of the song. What a
beautiful song and such talent. Well by the time you get to
the fourth title, "Mile a Minute", itis
clear thatBaysden has a sound all his own. I tried to
place Ďwho he sounds like, but really, there isnít just
one person you can pin point. He has that great country flare
that fans everywhere crave.
Turns You On", the title track, has a versatile
sound. It could be a swing, a fast two-step or even a line
dance. It is as adaptable as the man he is singing about.
"Iím a marathon shopper, a coffee bar hopper / I could
sit through ballet or even opera for your love." I love a
fast paced song that keeps your feet busy on the dance floor
and this cut does just that.
Now, this album just wouldnít be complete
without a cheating song right? Well Baysden steps up to the
plate with "What Does He Say Now", telling about a
man coming home late and walking through the back door to a
tear stained wife. "What does he say now that she hasnít
Packed with love songs Baysden finishes his
album with three more heartache songs; "I Canít Take My
Heart Anywhere", "Memphis Might As Well Be The
Moon," and "Ten Feet Away." All of them are
equally great songs.
Baysdenís ten song album "What Turns
You On" can be purchased online at
After having bought and listened to the new album by Ryan
Baysden, I had to write and say thank you for recommending it.
There are songs that make you want to grab a girl and dance. Then there are the slow songs which country music should
embrace more of. This new cd is a breath of fresh air to the country music scene. I can't wait to see him on CMT or
GAC. I hope this cd does as well as I think it is and as good as your staff's article says it was. Thanks again for
recommending this cd.