Last year one album was so different and twisted that it seared a spot in my brain, getting spun non-stop for an entire year. That album was ‘Southern Gothic’ by Rod Melancon and after roughly the 50th listen it gave me the idea to do album anniversary reviews, a website segment I started this past winter. These One Year Later articles allow me to look back on an album and in some cases get us into the time-frame when the artist might be working on their next album as well.
I’ve supported a few artists during their crowdfunding campaigns, something I am happy to do for an artist I know and love. Dallas Dorsey was not someone I had followed in the past, but I had heard a few tunes I’d enjoyed and my buddy John from Pitstop For Country couldn’t say enough about him. That was about all I needed to throw $10 in the ring toward a digital download of this self-titled EP, and boy am I glad I did; this album is great.
July is a bit dry on the new album front, but what we lack in quantity we make up for with quality. Every single one of these artists is a talented veteran, with Cody Jinks being July's new kid with only 5 full-length records to his name.
It’s not often that I stumble on a new (To me) artist and fall in love with an entire album. Let’s face it, most albums have a song or two that is either a dud or just OK, which is simply not the case with Jody Booth’s 2018 album ‘The Rosewood Tapes Volume One’, every song is a stone-cold killer.
It’s no secret that Karen Jonas is one of my favorite country artists; I’ve talked about how well she harnessed the alt and honky-tonk sounds in her two previous albums, peppering them with a healthy helping of strong female protagonists. With ‘Butter’ I knew the recipe would have a more personal feel, but what I was not prepared for was the genre-defying sound that would present itself throughout the album. Karen and crew took something that was working very well and bulked it up, making it even better than before, something I wasn’t sure was possible.
2017 was a great year for music and one of my absolute favorite albums to come out of it was ‘This Highway’ by Zephaniah OHora. This one seemed to pop out of nowhere for me; all of a sudden there it was, feeling fresh-yet-familiar, and sounding like a lost recording session from years past.
I'm excited about several releases in June, due to many artists I've followed for years putting out new albums this month. There are almost too many to list, but I picked a few I am really anticipating, half of which come out this Friday.
One of my parameters for characterizing an artist as a favorite is how well I can relate to the vast majority of what they write. Any artist that can put to music something I’ve thought and felt is going to be my guy. Erik Dylan continues to do just that with his most recent album ‘Baseball on the Moon’, giving us more of his poignant every-man lyrics and shattered-mirror reflection of the Norman Rockwell life.
While a song from her previous album continues to climb the Texas charts (“Already Gone” is currently #25 on TRRR), Jenni Dale Lord Band dropped a new album on us last week; that album is called ‘Reboot’ and it’s a stunner. There is a comforting familiarity to this entire recording, even on first listen; this is the kind of artist that will make a new fan out of you when you weren’t looking.
May is going to bring more than just flowers: We have several highly anticipated and long-awaited albums hitting the street. Here is just a sample of the albums I'm excited about next month.
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