Croy & The Boys’ “Good Enough” sets itself up as a typical tears-in-your-beers country song. “My dreams are bigger than my bank account,” singer Corey Baum slyly croons, “and my credit card’s defunct.” But the chorus flips the script: “Last night I got to thinking that things could be way worse / Sometimes I forget that it’s good enough.” Guest player Jeremy Nail drives the point home with a guitar solo and harmonies that are equally head-in-the-clouds beautiful.
The Austin band’s debut album, Hey Come Back (produced by Adrian Quesada), radiates this humble positivism, but somehow it doesn’t come across as preachy. Maybe it’s the basic sound of the band, kind of a slo-mo take on Sir Doug’s Tex-Mex sunniness. Maybe it’s Baum’s voice, perfect in its imperfection. Maybe it’s the fact that this simple song found me at the end of a trying year (yeah, no shit). It’s hard to slow down and take stock, but Croy & The Boys do just that, dropping some folk wisdom into our collective tip jar. That’s not nothing–that’s good enough.
“Good Enough” appears on Hey Come Back, out now.
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