How Country Feels

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How Country Feels
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
LabelStoney Creek
ProducerDerek George
Randy Houser chronology
They Call Me Cadillac
How Country Feels
Fired Up
Singles from How Country Feels
  1. "How Country Feels"
    Released: May 7, 2012
  2. "Runnin' Outta Moonlight"
    Released: March 4, 2013
  3. "Goodnight Kiss"
    Released: September 23, 2013
  4. "Like a Cowboy"
    Released: May 19, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Country WeeklyA−[2]
Taste of Country[3]

How Country Feels is the third studio album by American country music artist Randy Houser.[4] It was released on January 22, 2013, through Stoney Creek Records.[5] Houser wrote seven of the album's fifteen tracks.[6] The album was produced by Derek George, a former member of the bands Pearl River and Williams Riley. The album's first single, the title track, became Houser's first Number One song on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.[7] Its second single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", was released to country radio on March 4, 2013. Both singles were certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album's third single, "Goodnight Kiss", was released to country radio on September 23, 2013. The album's fourth single, "Like a Cowboy", was released to country radio on May 19, 2014. The third and fourth singles were certified Gold.

The album had sold 228,000 copies in the US as of January 2015.[8]


The album features a duet with Kristy Lee Cook on "Wherever Love Goes," which was later re-recorded and released in August 2013 as a single with Cook as the lead artist and Houser as the featured artist.

Critical reception[edit]

Giving How Country Feels an A-minus, Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly praised the "authenticity" of Houser's voice and said that the "project is overflowing with hooky, singalong tracks."[2] Taste of Country gave the album four stars out of five, saying that it was an "even effort with no bruises, but few moments that take your breath away," and saying Houser proved he "is one of country music’s top male vocalists."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Runnin' Outta Moonlight"Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace3:13
2."Growin' Younger"Randy Houser, Brett James, Justin Weaver4:53
3."Top of the World"Rob Hatch, Vicky McGehee, Lance Miller, Jason Sellers3:17
4."The Singer"Drew Smith, Trent Willmon4:20
5."Power of a Song"Houser, Cory Batten, Kent Blazy3:42
6."Absolutely Nothing"Lee Brice, Joe Leathers, McGehee3:02
7."Wherever Love Goes" (with Kristy Lee Cook)Sellers, Neil Thrasher, Paul Jenkins4:16
8."Like a Cowboy"Houser, Brice Long4:22
9."How Country Feels"McGehee, Wendell Mobley, Thrasher3:05
10."Along for the Ride"Zac Brown, Levi Lowrey, Houser3:35
11."Sunshine on the Line"Davidson, Houser3:20
12."Goodnight Kiss"Hatch, Sellers, Houser3:26
13."Let's Not Let It"Ash Bowers, Lisa Hentrich, Thrasher3:10
14."Shine"Mobley, Thrasher, Trent Summar4:57
15."Route 3 Box 250 D"Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Houser3:52
Total length:56:30


  • Derek George – editing, engineer, producer, programming
  • Larry Hall – string arrangements
  • Andrew Mendelson – mastering
  • Mike Molinar – production coordinator
  • Elijah Sandoval – assistant engineer
  • Casey Wood – editing, engineer, mixing, production coordinator

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard 200 11
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3
US Billboard Independent Albums 3


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "How Country Feels review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Ragusa, Tammy (January 28, 2012). "Reviews: How Country Feels". Country Weekly. 20 (44): 50. ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ a b "Randy Houser, 'How Country Feels' – Album Review". Taste of Country. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (December 7, 2012). "Randy Houser Announces 'How Country Feels' Track Listing, Release Date". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Randy Houser 'How Country Feels' Album Release Date, Cover, Track List Revealed". The Boot. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Wyland, Sarah (December 5, 2012). "Randy Houser Will Release How Country Feels on January 22". Great American Country. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Evans-Price, Deborah (January 22, 2013). "Randy Houser, 'How Country Feels' Has New Father Opening Up Like Never Before". The Boot. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Matt Bjorke (January 8, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For January 8, 2015". Roughstock. sales figures given here
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Randy Houser – How Country Feels". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 10, 2017.