Single Review: Jamie Lynn Spears — “How Could I Want More”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | February 12th, 2014

jamielynn5webSongwriters: Rivers Rutherford and Jamie Lynn Spears

It’s been 20 years since Alan Jackson first warned us about an impending stampede of stiff, slick-soled cowboy boots in “Gone Country.” Two decades later, country music continues to attract artists of various musical backgrounds for some of the same reasons illustrated in the song’s complex character sketches. Factor in a shrinking radio market and one of the few fanbases still willing to pay for music and concerts, and Jackson’s winking welcome still rings true.

While Darius Rucker, Kelly Clarkson and Sheryl Crow fared recent transitions well, the skepticism that met Jewel, Jessica Simpson and Laura Bell Bundy made their efforts a tougher sell. So which camp does Britney Spears’ little sister fall into?

Based solely on her debut single “How Could I Want More,” Jamie Lynn Spears’ future is promising. Perhaps most exciting is her songwriting role in the creatively catchy and plainly told storyline created with veteran Rivers Rutherford (whose pen was part of Brad Paisley’s “When I Get Where I’m Going” and Gary Allan’s “Smoke Rings in the Dark”): instead of announcing herself with radio’s current female formula of Light and Inspirational and/or Tortured and Slightly Naughty, she takes the more understated, confident path recently forged by Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe.

It’s a brave move, bolstered by Corey Crowder’s impeccable production and a capable, natural twang that drives home the chorus’ syncopated repetition – a satisfying hook that elevates the elementary sketches of blue skies and green grass.

Jamie Lynn has certainly lived a life worthy of a country song — public family meltdowns, a childhood acting career halted by teenage pregnancy and the kind of scrutiny unique to living in the shadow of one of pop’s biggest superstars. As her first public go at synthesizing that story into a go at country radio, “How Could I Want More” is a (winkless) welcome addition to mainstream country music.

Thumbs Up

  1. Thomas
    February 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

    …this is a great sounding tune. a sprinkle more melody and it would be a serious hit contender in the upper echelons of the charts.

Leave a Comment

We want Engine 145 to be a safe and fun place where everyone is welcome to post. While differences in opinion and debate are always welcome, comments that include personal attacks on other posters, threats of physical violence, or racial/political/sexual epithets will be edited or deleted.


Tagged In This Article

Current Discussion

  • Donald: I'm guessing that is meant to read 're-release' Detroit to Wheeling, as the double album originally appeared on Pinecastle in …
  • Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
  • Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
  • nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
  • Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
  • Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
  • luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
  • A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
  • Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
  • Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton
  • sturgillsimpsonmetamodern
  • raypricebeautyis
  • rodneycrowelltarpapersky
  • rhondavincentonlyme
  • mandybgibson