The transformation of this guy from pandering for radio play to a dude writing and singing good ol’ country songs is quite remarkable. It’s not a traditional country record. But it’s not exactly pop country either. It’s Canaan country.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas and now residing in L.A., Katie Jo can speak to the refugees of modern society with her Midwest authenticity mixed with a style sense influenced from the Bakersfield Sound, rockabilly, and classic country. This results in a both fun and moving work.
Yes, John Schneider. The guy from that show. And no, I never thought I would be reviewing an album from Bo Duke either. But being a sucker for country trucker songs and hearing he released an album of them, I got sucked in.
Leave behind all of that defanged country, moldy folk, reconstituted indie rock, derivative roots pop, and pallid white boy soul they try to peddle these days as “Americana,” and pin your ears to what this virtually unknown mother from middle America is doing, because it’s leagues better than most.
This is not a country record. This is a Christian record. But along with turning in her 1st volume of exclusively religious material, Carrie Underwood might have also delivered her most country record yet, not just from the nature of the material, but the rootsy aspect of some of the music.
On ‘Blood, Sweat, and Beers,’ Rob Leines puts all of his hard-earned odometer time on the open road into work hard and play harder road stories, rendering blue-collar country music that breaks out into groove-heavy and hook-laden Southern rock at a moment’s notice.
The fact that Loretta Lynn is still with us is grace enough, especially after the merciless culling of souls we experienced over the last year from the ranks of country royalty. But without any hyperbole or bias, after listening to her latest album ‘Still Woman Enough,’ Loretta Lynn still sounds excellent.
For years we’ve been on the hunt for that woman who can rise up from the ranks of independent country artists to be a game changer that challenges the mainstream like we’ve seen from Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, and the like. That is where Morgan Wade enters.
This new album by Melissa Carper entitled Daddy’s Country Gold is not just the blossoming of a songwriter, singer, and entertainer, it’s one of those few and fleeting moments where everything comes together to present music in its perfect, most ideal form.
Wall’s performance on March 11, backed by the Scary Prairie Boys and billed as “Live in Front of Nobody,” was the first proper concert since his most recent album ‘Western Swing and Waltzes’ came out last August, except for a couple of solo livestreams and a few stray songs from his bunkhouse.
‘Dark Side of the Mountain’ is just that: transmissions from the seedier side of life where the sun doesn’t shine—meaning the hollers where the moonshine is brewed, blood is spilled, and pills are consumed as folks who’ve struck out in life look for a way up and out.
Now that their college years have concluded and they’ve already forged a legacy for themselves in the old-time realm—and in the singer-songwriter sphere with Vivian’s first record—the two have chosen to tackle traditional country music proper with their new self-titled offering.
Pony Bradshaw from north Georgia isn’t here to pass judgement on anyone, either his fellow Southerners, or those who may castigate them from afar. His new album ‘Calico Jim’ is more a deep and involved character study into Southern archetypes, reinstalling the complexities of persona.
Move aside all you pop country prima donnas of both the the male and female persuasion, because a bona fide redneck warrior princess has just shown up looking to shake up the mainstream scene with unapologetic and boisterous modern country songs served with unabashed attitude and honesty.
The third installment of Charley Crockett’s Lil G.L.’s series is a significantly more personal one. Having become friends with James “Slim” Hand during the latter stages of his life and career, Slim’s passing on June 8th, 2020 was a big blow for Crockett. Charley knew was so few others do.
Get ready to rearrange the hierarchy of your Canadian country music depth charts. Hell, get ready shake it up in the lower 48 and everywhere else as well, because Bobby Dove has just released a record that will have you crying and moaning along with some of the best classic country music.
We’ve known for a while now that Carly Pearce has the heart, and the history to become something special in the country mainstream. Now with her new 7-song album ’29,’ the Carly Pierce we’ve been impatiently waiting to reveal herself finally emerges.
Drawing influences from both their native environs, as well as bordering states like Texas for a more open sound, and Wyoming for some Western flavor—and then hopscotching a few states to draw on Southern rock as well—The Barlow is one of those bands you immediately warm up to.
Cinematic in scope and approach, you feel like you’re pixelated into the very frames of a dark, graphic novel rendered in anime—one where daybreak never comes, and the resolution isn’t some epiphanous moment of light and love, but simply a moment of rest from the endless struggle.
From San Antonio, Texas, the artistic renderings of Things To Come feel very much in the vein of Texas country and Red Dirt—a little bit more sensible in style and approach, while forging an intermural relationship between country and rock. The writing reminds you in parts of John Baumann…
Bringing acrimony to every corner of American life in the foolish notion that our enemy is each other has robbed us of so much of the joy of living, including in music where you can’t simply enjoy a record without being told it’s some conscious choice to align yourself on one side of the cultural divide.
If Morgan Wallen was a young male suitor in pursuit of your sister or daughter, he would be one of those beaus where it is undeniable they are trouble, with not just red flags flying right out in the open, but a rap sheet to back up these presuppositions. This is Morgan Wallen’s career and music in a nutshell.
It’s one of those rare occasions where an EP goes from from less than ideal, to just about perfect from the way it encapsulates a moment or a mood that may be diluted in a longer work. It’s a little gem of traditional country music, and a proper tribute to a dear loved one.