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.