20 years ago a not-so-young gun stepped into the music game with a freshman album, it was self-titled like many first releases, but there was something different about this one. The way the plight of the every-man was depicted felt fresh and poetic, rather than old and trashy, and it was near impossible to avoid being roped into the descriptive narratives throughout. Chris Knight had introduced himself and people took notice.
I have always thought of empathy as the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes; Joe Vickers seems to have an incredible ability to do just that, while simultaneously telling a tale that seems a little too familiar to be a fabrication. I stumbled on Joe Vickers a little over a week ago, and really enjoyed the stripped down feel of his ‘Notes for the Wood Burning Stove’ album, so much so that I have listened to very few other things in the last week, and I keep coming back.
With her silver tongue a little less in-cheek, Sunny Sweeney sauntered her way into 2017 with a new album under her foam-dome. She called it Trophy, which is fitting because it landed on many a top-ten list in December, including my own. Sunny then proceeded to spend the year relentlessly touring with a group of bearded boys throughout the country, showing everyone that girls like to have fun too, and you don’t have to have facial hair to be an outlaw. One Year Later we look at the aptly named album, and why it was one of the best albums of 2017, and perhaps the top dog.
The old formula for female singers just isn’t working anymore. Blame whoever you like, but very few are getting too far singing sappy love songs and the “Girl power” ballads of yesteryear. So why play by those rules? Enter Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, singing about things that many would consider masculine topics; booze, sex, drugs, and cheating. In reality we all think about these things and this is just a heart-on-sleeve human letting it all out without filter or give-a-shit about what you think.