I started this blog with a promise that I would talk about the underdogs, outcasts, etc of the Country music platform. And I am going to do so. But, this week’s blog is dedicated to a group that has had a bit of radio play.
Don’t write me off just yet... they definitely fit the outskirts of ordinary description. They sing about drinking too much, smoky bars, galvanting around... all of the “typical” Country contexts. Here’s the thing... they have a steel guitar, 3 part harmonies, sing about getting high, and they wear blessed nudie suits.
Y’all, these guys have brought the 70’s back. In a time where Country songs are more about Snapbacks, “boys,” and comparing women’s bodies to backroads, and building the song with tracks, these men brought the neotradional Country back with all the traditional instruments. Bless. They have the smooth tempos of Willie, with the cowboy style of King George, the harmonies of the Eagles, and a hippie grunge of their own. California meets Texas and took on Nashville.
I first discovered them when Drinkin’ Problem hit the radio. Loved the sound. So I hit YouTube and found the BEST gem. As you would have it, this music video was uploaded by some super random user. The song has never been released and it is a shame because this smoky bar, hippie country, steel guitar perfection needs to be known. Here is the gist: You can just feel the heavy air in the smoky bar and their clothes came straight from 1975. They haven’t showered in days. No flashy production. Just the whine of the steel guitar led by understated lyrics.
So, here it is. You are welcome.
Well, y’all, here we go! This blog has been a long time coming. In a sense, I’ve been writing it since I was old enough to understand music. The stories that music tells have always been fascinating to me. I couldn’t wait to listen to each album and understand the conceptual story it told.
I became obsessed with finding hidden gems. Radio singles typically were a bit boring to me; I wanted to dig deeper. I became the person who found all of the unknown songs, artists, albums, etc. Anything on the outskirts of ordinary. I burnt cd mixes for my friends and told them about all the gems I had found. I was playing a bit of a creative publishing role & had absolutely no idea. Fast forward to now, it is no surprise that I ended up in actual music publishing.
Music is my passion; it makes my heart beat. I’m a creative soul, who also has OCD & anxiety. I’m not a professional writer, but I believe passion fuels the best projects.
SO, if you love music... you want to dig deeper than radio singles...if you love lyrics..if you are curious about the outcasts, underdogs, & rebels of Country music, then in the words of Miranda Lambert, “We should be friends”
Each weekly blog will consist of an artist, songwriter, or album that I am showcasing along with a Spotify playlist featuring the songs I mention.
Thanks for reading my intro...please share this blog with your friends. Every single one.
First actual post coming soon.