Can i Get a Thank God, Hallelujah. Someone give me an amen.
Eden’s Edge. One of those bands that reminds you of apple pie & sweet tea. Good ole fashioned Southern style Country. There is a sweet innocence with a sassy presence. They only released an EP & one album before going their separate ways & it’s a damn shame because their sound was amazing. I still listen to their album on repeat, 6 years after it came out.
I’m a Missouri farm girl & I relate to their songs about the country, swimming in the creeks, “cow towns,” hollering, & cherry pie. I love that they are undeniably Country, from their subject matter, to their Southern accents, to their sound, full with guitar, mandolin, banjo, & dobro guitar. There is something about their music that takes me back to the innocence of growing up in rural Missouri & believing that the world was primarily good & that life was easy. Call me idealistic, but sometimes taking it back to the basics is necessary.
This is the music that I listen to when I need to remember that the true Country sound still lives. That there are those who grew up in cow towns with old fashioned families. The music industry is full of greed & manipulation, as the world is. Sometimes we just need to remember where we came from.
It starts with a song.
This is the foundation of the music industry. This also describes the first song on this album, which was also their most successful single.
This song spoke for itself. A country boy being with a city girl that wasn’t good for him...& the whole town hooping & hollering when they break up. Y’all anyone from a small town can relate to this. Oh, & his mama being right about how they shouldn’t have been together. The words mama, holler, amen are all included. Like what else do you need in a Country song?!
“You’ve got a girl in every cow town”
BLESS. Such good lyrics. Like in case you were unsure, they are from rural Arkansas. They talk the way the live. Hannah’s sweet voice juxtaposes the sassiness so nicely. Southern country girls may be sweet, but we don’t take shit.
The best part of living in the middle of nowhere is skinny dipping in the creek privately. Such a cute little tease of a song.
Too Good to Be True
Again, we aren’t fools. Don't mess with us. We listen to our mamas & we stand up for ourselves.
Feels So Real
This one uses the best imagery. Anyone who has lost a loved one can relate to this. I love that this one is really driven by vocals. They use harmonies with such emotion, if you can listen to this without feeling something, you are heartless. Sorry, not sorry.
Who Am I Drinking Tonight
Grab your girls & go two stepping. This makes me miss my crazy college days in the honky tonks. I mean, the song talks about George, Alan, moonshine & Bocehpus. Does it get any more Country than that?! Such a sassy & fun one.
Alright y’all...this one means the WORLD to me. Sometimes, not often, I tell personal anecdotes on here.
So here is a little peek into my heart:
Music was a HUGE part of my wedding day. I planned out every song with such care.
As our families were being seated, this song played. It was important to us to not only honor our marriage that day, but also honor the loved ones that shaped who we are & continue to support us. This song felt like a perfect illustration of our thanks.
So here I am, listening to this song for the millionth time while I write this & tearing up as I always do. This song will always hold a very special place in my heart. I am so damn thankful that Dean Berner, Vince Melamed, & Laura Veltz wrote this. I am so damn thankful Hannah, Dean, Cherrill chose to record it. My heart needed this.
Try not to get teary-eyed. I dare you.
OH, DID YOU EVER KNOW? DID I EVER TELL YOU SO? OH, I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND, YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO DO WITH WHO I AM
This album ends in the best way. A simple acapella hymn-style song. Words don’t even begin to do this one justice, it is simply stunning. This Hannah, Dean & Cherrill never disappoint with their harmonies, but this one takes the harmonies to a whole new level. Hannah hits the high notes perfectly. This one is done with such stunning effortlessness. I get goosebumps every single time. Taking me to church, y’all.
This album brought something so unique & needed to the table. An innocence, mixed with strong females, mixed with amazing vocal & instumental abilities. It has a reminiscent sound, while being distinctively its own. I don’t think this band got near the recognition they deserved because they were different than the majority of mainstream music at the time. Hidden gems that will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m so thankful that they give us a hell of an album. Lord have mercy. We needed it these harmonies. We needed this sound.
Ada, Oklahoma may be known for being the hometown of Blake Shelton, but he was certainly not the only Country talent bred there. Mitchell Trimmer, lead of Mitchell Trimmer Band, is a Country/Southern Rock songwriter/artist is a different style than Blake, but just as passionate & talented.
Mitchell’s style is Country meets Southern Rock meets Texas Country meets Alternative. The style is very unique, fitting that Red Dirt niche. His band does a great balancing act of preserving traditional roots, while also adding a distinctive spin. It fits the the category of “on the outskirts of ordinary” because it literally sounds different than anything I’ve heard.
The band has been playing for over 10 years. They have focused on playing & building an audience, and just released their first EP last year. Though that is unusual to play for so long without publicly releasing, I commend their hustle. Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, etc is prime gigging territory. Bars in those areas actually could put Nashville to shame, as they get the bands who are grinding, playing, & growing their fan base. It is actually intriguing to see this mentality as it is so different from the way we do it here.
I also will say that there are no fans quite like the Red Dirt ones. They travel, go to festivals, find dive bars, & root for their favorites no matter what. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Nashville way, but I think the we could learn some new concepts from them.
The LEPA Mixtapes
This one’s got a good beat & a strong baseline. The electric guitar has a good riff that just makes you want to drink a beer & dance. Small town love. Nothing like it. This is also recorded in a very raw way which makes it so organic. Less production is such a nice change of pace.
I Got You
I Got You has such a true Classic Southern Rock sound. The feel is a little more intense, as it is a strong love song. The balance of instruments & vocals is on point. Good, clear sound.
Long Way To Tulsa
Something aboutthis one is reminiscent of Gary Allen. I think the style mixed with the rasp. A little more on the Country side than some of his others, but still has a bit of edge.
I love the fact that this song mixes rolling stone with troubadour. I think this is a good representation of the band’s sound. Rocking Cowboy doing his own thing.
Roots Run Deep
The band will be releasing their next project very soon. I got to hear samples of it & I can tell y’all it is a treat. Good ole Country roots with an edge. Excited to hear the finished product...
Huge thanks to Mitchell Trimmer for partnering with me & sharing some exclusives. This guy encompasses what this blog is about. Chasing dreams, following your passion, taking the road less traveled, & keeping it on the outskirts of ordinary.