I’ll admit it, I almost never read the bio that publicists send with music, I’m afraid of tainting my first impression with their obvious bias. When I first saw the name Hilary Scott I thought the girl from that band was going out solo, but something made me give it a listen anyway, and I’m damn glad I did; ‘Don’t Call Me Angel’ is right up there with the best albums I’ve heard all year and it can be yours October 12th.
Thanks to my buddy at Robert’s Country Blog I found my way to the music of Colin Boutwell, specifically his album ‘Gas Station Roses’, released last month. Imagine my surprise when I found out Colin was raised less than 100 miles from me in good ol’ Massachusetts. After you read this article, it’ll be obvious that I’ll be at the next live show north of Rt. 2 with a Sharpie and V-neck; Hopefully Colin is adept at signing through chest hair.
If you’d asked me a couple months ago, I’d have told you September was looking a little thin for new releases, but several albums where recently announced, including some long-awaited projects from some big names.
Soak in September, because October is shaping up to be another great month for new music as well!
Lots of great new albums to talk about for August 2018, so let’s dive right in. (Links to pre-order sites in the title of each album)
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.
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