Though he may be best recognized as the frontman for “Tonight, Tonight” performers Hot Chelle Rae, Ryan Follese – the son of hit songwriters Keith and Adrienne Follese – is currently making inroads to country music with his solo EP. Released on September 2nd, the collection includes the feel-good tune “Float Your Boat,” which now has an aqua-friendly video to accompany it.
Pulled from that same hazy, day drunk space as Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” “Float Your Boat” is less about being on a literal boat than just doing what feels good in one’s spare time. “We’ve got time to kill / once we get off the clock,” he sings, backed by chunky guitar riffs that wouldn’t be out of place on his band’s rock records. The video, directed by Peter Zavadil and shot at Lake Murray in South Carolina, takes the weekend party vibe of mainstream country to the water where boaters dance, drink and hook up.
Follese and his family co-wrote all of the six songs on his self-titled EP, which was produced by Dann Huff and Cameron Montgomery. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, his father Keith co-wrote a series of Number One songs, including Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” and Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me.”