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.
Over the last year I have found myself digging deep for lyrical talent, I have found more than my fair share of talented writers, but it is always a treat to find a new one. What I look for in a singer/songwriter is more than just the talent to spin a yarn, but the ability to make the words feel real and true, whether they are or not. ‘Puxico’ feels autobiographical, and if it’s not, consider me happily fooled.
I have to admit to being somewhat embarrassed that it took me the better part of a year to jump in fully to Natalie’s music, I had the heard songs many times, but it was typically while doing other things, so I never got to sit down and immerse myself in the album until last fall. Since then, ‘Puxico’ has been in an easily reachable spot in my digital library.
It’s been a year since its release and people are still talking about it, so I think we can all agree that Natalie’s album struck a chord. For me, the songs “Time Honored Tradition”, “Cairo, IL”, and “Grand Restoration” are the highlights, but the whole album is a treat, and I highly recommend you check it out.