A Thousand Horses, ‘(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial’ [Listen]
A Thousand Horses are establishing a brand with each individual release from Southernality. "(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial" is a follow-up to "Smoke" in every way. Both songs rely on singer Michael Hobby’s gritty, Southern rock tones, and both songs tell a slow-paced story of love.
But this second single is more about love gone wrong. “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” isn’t a sequel to “Smoke,” but it also plods along at a mid-tempo clip, swelling at the final chorus and finally fading with tightly harmonized hums. All the parts of this well-produced single combine to hit the heart and stick. The chorus goes:
“This ain't no drunk dial / Ain't no words that I'll forget / In the morning / Still mean everything I said / I know it's late and I ain't called in awhile / But this ain't no drunk dial.”
Hobby is a strong storyteller. He commands your attention and kidnaps your focus. A small army of backing singers help with the “Oh, oh, oh” parts, with the female vocalists especially leading one to the overused, but still very appropriate Lynyrd Skynyrd comparisons.
“We ain't gotta talk about what happened / But I'll take the blame if you want me to have it / Somewhere in this full moon night / There's a way to make this whole thing right / If you leave the front door open / I'll be there before you know it,” he sings during the second verse.
“(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” is a strong follow-up to a chart-topper that took little time in standing out from the clutter on the radio. It’s similar enough to add another brick to the group’s Dixie-rock-country brand, but the story separates it from what they previously released.
Why Fans Will Love It: "Drunk Dial" recalls what many refer to as the greatest generation of rock 'n' roll.
Key Lyrics: “This ain't no drunk dial / Ain't no words that I'll forget / In the morning / Still mean everything I said / I know it's late and I ain't called in awhile / But this ain't no drunk dial.”
Did You Know?: A Thousand Horses are on tour with Darius Rucker this summer.
Listen to a Thousand Horses, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”