Single Review: Will Purdue – Why Can’t I Be With You


When it comes to music in my book there isn’t much that can beat good old fashioned quality song writing. A lot of the frills and bells and whistles are often irrelevant; a good song is a good song. So when I saw that this track had made its way into my inbox I couldn’t wait to get the chance to talk about it.

Will Purdue isn’t a name that I had come across until very recently but I was immediately intrigued by him as he makes music in that style that I described above. Why Can’t I Be With You is Purdue’s new single and I fell in love with it instantly. I seem to be writing about love songs and ballads every other day at the minute but this one is one of the best.

Will describes the track as “A throwback to what I was raised on – a good old fashioned Country love song” and that is exactly what it is. The song tells the story of a young man missing his girlfriend; the autobiographical effort finds Purdue in introspective and reflective mood. The song’s content is certainly a well-worn path but when done well as it is here, this kind of tale can still sound fresh and new.

The dusky kind of lead vocal from Erin Golding suits the song down to the ground, and its easy going and laidback style carries bucket loads of charm. The band seem to have taken a less is more approach to putting the song together and it has paid off handsomely. The video was filmed live at the Camden Roundhouse in London and the result is a song which feels incredibly natural and organic.

Why Can’t I Be With You is proof that old fashioned song writing values and a back to basics approach can still produce fantastic results. The chorus is catchy without being overbearing and the whole song comes across as sincere and brilliantly honest. I’m a big fan of this song and I’m certainly going to be following Mr Purdue’s musical adventure very closely from here on in.

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