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Country Blues

Grant Maloy Smith has shared their all too relatable Alt Country Folk single “Waiting for the Good Old Days Again” with the airwaves

We may not have heard any lockdown songs from Cat Stevens, but US artist Grant Maloy Smith has achieved the very same evocative effect as Wild World with his latest single “Waiting for the Good Old Days Again”.

The Alt Country Folk single shares the all too relatable emotion which has transpired from being left in stasis with the days bleeding into one another because there is nothing to set them apart. The soundscape certainly isn’t without its melancholy, but the stunning semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement makes it hard to slip into a morose state as your listening to the ethereal pull of the strings.

It really comes as no surprise that Grant Maloy Smith entered the Billboard charts with their previous releases. There is an incredibly nuanced and matured air to their latest single which can only come from an artist who has dedicated their life to their art.

You can check out the official music video for Waiting for the Good Old Days Again via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

”Barns, Babes, and Bourbon” is a story of Brandon Bing’s three favorite passions

Sometimes its best to keep life simple and just do what you know. This is certainly the attitude of Country and Western singer Brandon Bing. Big Hoss keeps things light and fun in his new single called ”Barns, Babes, and Bourbon”.

Taken off his latest EP- “The Florida Man”, ”Barns, Babes, and Bourbon” follows the same popular formula as his previous music to much success. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Florida native Brandon Bing knows what he likes and depicts this perfectly with descriptive lyrics and a happy-go-lucky attitude to life that makes him feel down to earth and likable. ”Barns, Babes, and Bourbon” is an American winner, due to the simple strategy of getting folks onto the dance floor, and enjoying the evening. Keeping things simple is something the world needs more of and Brandon is a perfect guide to this path.

Stream this song and more from Brandon Bing on his YouTube channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jerry Impini – Good Time Woman: A Feel-Good Alt Country Playlist Essential

Alt-Country artist Jerry Impini released their latest single Good Time Woman on February 3rd, 2020 and placed a rhythmically accordant Jazz-infused earworm on the airwaves.

The single fuses a myriad of tonally-warm, timelessly-accessible genres together allowing Good Time Woman to resonate like nothing you’ve ever heard before. You’ll find everything from Soul, to Motown, to Folk Blues, to Jazz and Funk in Good Time Woman. Naturally, it’s an organic feel-good hit which won’t fail to leave you enamoured.

The vibrant popping melodies work in perfect synergy with Jerry Impini’s harmonically resonant vocals, making Good Time Woman the perfect aural pick me up to have on your playlists!

You can check out Jerry Impini’s latest single via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Becky and the Keys – Cold Water Creek: Soulfully Vintage Country Blues

Looking to delve into a vintage soundscape which will strip away the suffocating pressures of the 21st century? Granting you 2:26 minutes of indulgent aural escape is the latest single “Cold Water Creek” by the up and coming Northern Ireland-based artist Becky and the Keys.

Whatever you’re expecting from the soundscape from that description alone, throw away your preconceptions and prepare for Becky Baxter’s soulfully dominant vocals to bring a vivacious serving of Country Blues which may as well have come from the swamps of Tennessee.

Cold Water Creek is a timeless single which brings a stiff serving of the contemporary resonance, making sure that once you’ve heard the rich tones in the warm and full-bodied arrangement, there’s little chance of you forgetting them.

You’ll be able to listen to Cold Water Creek for yourselves from the date of release on July 26th, 2019.

Keep up to date with all of the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Shawn Butzin – Westward Bound: Prodigally Popping Country Blues

If you like your Country with a little added bite, I’d recommend checking out Shawn Butzin’s single Westbound Train. It’s popping, it’s punchy, it’s rolling, it’s rhythmic it’s pretty much perfection.

If you could imagine a cross over of Johnny Cash and the Beatles, you’d get pretty close to imagining the sound of Shawn Butzin and his band of sensationally talented instrumentalists. The melodies contained within their latest single are concordant chaos that don’t fail to treat you to that pure uplifting feeling exuded by any Country outfit worth their salt. Shawn has officially brought Country into the 21st century, his enigmatic vocal offerings which invite you into the soul of the song in a way that very few Americana Country acts can do. The Michigan based singer songwriter has definitely caught our attention with his limitless command over sound, whether he’s creating Country, Ambient or Pop; it’s all high-octane bliss.

To check out the track for yourself, head on over to SoundCloud where you can listen to Shawn Butzin’s single Westward Bound; the track title may be a little generic, but the soundscapes are nothing but pioneering.

Review by Amelia Vandergast