Mikaya Taylor is a few steps ahead of most 12 year olds, singing in Bluegrass festivals and learning the ins and outs of the music business. Earlier this month i received the Youtube link you will find below, needless to say I was blown away. I grew up with two happily married parents and it still hit me in the gut when I heard this song of loss. She has a way with the words and you can feel her pain when she sings it. I feel for her, I feel like it happened to me when I’m listening, the emotion just pours out.
3 years ago I was in Boston to see Aaron Watson at a small rock club. My wife and I got there early, so we were playing pool in the back sipping on something chilly, when I see this bearded Bostonian and his boy playing ski-ball. At some point the vending machine guy asked him who was playing tonight, and he kind of sheepishly said, “Aaron Watson…And me”. All of a sudden, the boy in the rock club seemed a lot less odd, he was there to watch his dad rock out, and that’s exactly what he did.
Last night, at the urging of my 3 year old, I fired up Spotify to play a “Dadda Song” to help him fall asleep. Choosing the right song for you kid to fall asleep to is a tough one: You want it quiet enough to be soothing, but for a music lover like myself, I also want to be sure he remembers the classics. I fired up some George Jones, and imagine my surprise when I saw that we were ONLY listen number 15,000,714 of “He Stopped Loving Her Today”!
Mark my words: 2018 will be the year of the Independent Outlaw and Craig Gerdes just stepped up and hit it out of the park batting lead-off.
New Album - New Heart Valve: Brandon Jenkins to chart first week album sales of ‘Tail Lights In A Boomtown’ from bed rest
Brandon Jenkins is back with a new album this Friday, unfortunately he spent the last several days in a hospital bed. Last week Brandon was taken to the ER, and after some testing, it looks like the Red Dirt Legend is going to be getting a new heart valve in the very near future. Good news is this: He is now back at home as he awaits the expensive surgery.
I came in pretty late to the music of Ags Connolly, his album ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ was released a year ago this week, but I didn’t stumble on it until sometime late summer. When I was considering the idea of featuring an album that was released a year ago, Ags was the logical first choice; I felt like I really missed out finding him as late as I did, and I wanted to help make sure fewer people missed the boat. ‘Nothin’ Unexpected’ is a classic country album through and through, but what really stands out is how the whole album tells a story, it’s not just 10 different songs. This is an exceptional album, one of my absolute favorites of 2017, and I am proud to share it.
Natalie Hemby may not quite be a household name, but you can bet your ass you have heard her songs before. Natalie has several #1 song-writing credits, and has been penning songs for big-time artists for quite some time; including Little Big Town, Miranda, and more. While she has done great work for others, her 2017 self-released album ‘Puxico’ is a cut above, with nine well-crafted songs that she kept for herself, all feeling more real than the last.
“I believe that every journey starts with putting on your shoes, taking one step toward tomorrow, throwing away what you can’t use”
Mark Currey is neither young nor desperate, shattering the image of a struggling 20-something we often associate with an independent artist. What he lacks in youthful exuberance, he makes up with the wisdom that comes with age. It took Mark half a lifetime to put the songs together that make up his 2017 album ‘Tarrant County’, but I think you will agree that it wasn’t a moment too soon.
I first came upon Jenny Tolman when I heard her single "Stripper For A Week", I added her to my follow list, and have been keeping track of her since. Last week she debuted her new song "Something to Complain About", I happened to hear it while shuffling new music; the voice sounded familiar, but when I heard the lyrics I knew exactly who it was.
Ever stumble on a "New" artist, only to find out you have been listening to their music for years without knowing it?
Recently I stumbled on the solo work on Chris Shiflett, the name sounded familiar (Hell he even looked a little familiar), but I didn't think too much of it, so I just started listening to his 2017 album of the same name, 'West Coast Town'. I really enjoyed it.