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Bree Taylor – Drive: Uniquely Infectious Country Pop

While there may be plenty of contemporary artists blending Country and Pop in their soundscapes, no one does it quite like up and coming singer-songwriter Bree Taylor. Instead of just incorporating the usual Country twang in a contemporary Pop mix, the eclectic instrumental arrangements allow the captivating Folk charm to run right through her recently released single “Drive”.

By far the most striking aspect to Drive is Bree Taylor’s unwillingness to bend to genre limitations. Bree Taylor has a striking tendency to run with her own authenticity instead of the authenticity of a music genre.  In the punchy Pop hit, you’ll hear jangly ukulele notes and winding tensile guitar progressions which are not all too dissimilar from what you would hear from bands such as the Levellers.

You can check out Bree Taylor’s latest single Drive by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Rockabilly Meets Country in Reatha Pitman’s Latest Single “Hittin the Road”

“Hittin the Road” is just one of the standout singles from up and coming Country artist Reatha Pitman’s 2018 album “Road on Which We Travel” which you’ll want to check out if you’re on the hunt for nostalgic Blues.

The single has an infectiously authentic wanderlust Country feel, and Reatha Pitman certainly doesn’t fail to hook you in with her charismatic and passionate vocals which verse the imagery-spilling lyrics. To make sure that Hittin the Road resonated with distinction, the American artist created the soundscape through a mix of Country rhythm, Rockabilly riffs, and a touch of Swamp Rock.

It definitely wouldn’t be a surprise to see Reatha Pitman’s name at the top of the Country charts.

You can check out Reatha Pitman’s latest single Hittin the Road for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast



Joe Richmond – Uber Can’t Find the Farm: Authentic Country Blues Straight from the Farm… Literally.

Joe Richmond’s latest single “Uber Can’t Find the Farm” reminds you of the very reason music exists.

Music should always be an olive branch of similarity to grasp with lyrics serving the purpose of reminding you that no matter how different we are, there’s commonality found between all of us. For their latest single, Joe Richmond has used his talent to allude to the frustrations of Uber mishaps. The Country single is so pure in its essence, you can’t help but be endeared by the stripped back to basics acoustic guitar and Bluesy Americana vocals.

The authentic Country Blues track was recorded at the very farm featured in the verses of Uber Can’t Find the Farm. While many producers may reel at the thought, it was overwhelmingly cathartic to hear the rustle of the trees add to the atmosphere as the track progressed.

You can check out the authentically Country recording of Uber Can’t Find the Farm for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sami Jo Gets Ingeniously Pragmatic with the Lyrics to Their Latest Single “Two Truths and a Lie”

Up and coming Country Pop singer-songwriter Sami Jo reinvented the Nashville sound and released their single “Two Truths and a Lie” on September 23rd. While you’ll hear familiar rhythmic concordance, you’ll also get to sample Sami Jo’s contemporary approach to songwriting.

Sami Jo’s personality has remained unfiltered in the magnetically melodic single which ingeniously works the two truths and a lie game within the lyrics. The playful pragmatic twist to the single created an instantaneously engaging dynamic which was made even more arrestive through Sami Jo’s effortlessly harmonic vocals.

I can’t say I’ve ever been quite so transfixed with the lyrics of a single from the first time of listening. Two Truths and a Lie has given me no doubt that there will be plenty of exciting things to come from Sami Jo.

You can check out Sami Jo’s single Two Truths and a Lie for yourselves by heading over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Pretty Decent make their Indie Country Pop Debut with the Single “Kiss Me Now”

“Kiss Me Now” is the sticky-sweet Country Pop debut single from up and coming artist Pretty Decent. The punchy rhythms and the conviction behind the unrestrained vocal delivery make for a feverishly up-vibe anthem and the hooks in the track will make sure the massive choruses aren’t easily forgotten.

While the lyrics may be a little saccharine, there’s no denying that with Kiss Me Now the Philadelphia-based artist created a radio-ready earworm which comes with plenty of commercial potential. Debut tracks don’t come much more colourful and promising as Kiss Me Now. Pretty Decent will definitely be a band to watch in the coming months.

You can check out Pretty Decent’s debut single Kiss Me Now via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Gypsy Lane – Misbehave: Riff-Carved Country Rhythm

Country music fans aren’t all too prolific in the UK. Sure, we’ll spin a Fleetwood Mac record or two, but rather criminally aural gems such as the standout single from Gypsy Lane “Misbehave” don’t get the airplay they deserve.

Which is fairly ludicrous if you think about it. Soundscapes which contain that amount of intensity, soul and riff-carved rhythm deserve domination on the airwaves. And Misbehave should be up there with the best of them, Gypsy Lane has made the Americana Country Folk more accessible than ever before with their polished concordant style which still allows you to feel the raw power of the artistic expression.

Gypsy Lane is an up and coming artist which is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out Gypsy Lane’s live-recorded self-titled EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Underwater Robots – Wasted Tuesday: A Captivating Alt Revival of Americana Blues

“Wasted Tuesday” is just one of the captivating singles found on Underwater Robots’ 2019 album “Like Frank Sinatra”. While the soundscape doesn’t share all too many reminiscences with Frank Sinatra, it is a stylistic serving of Alt Americana Indie from the up and coming Philadelphia based artist.

Underwater Robots have a tangibly distinctive approach to Country Rock, which mainly comes from their inclination to mix up the usual guitar rhythms with irresistible Indie licks which amplify the evocative energy spilled into the mix from the harmonic vocals.

With Wasted Tuesday, you’ll be able to expect soul-piercing riffs, pensively magnetic whisky soaked vocals, and lyrics which aren’t shy about leaving you sobered by this wistfully enchanting track.

You can stream and download Wasted Tuesday along with the rest of the latest album from Underwater Robots for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Erin Gibney allows Country Blues to evolve in her latest single “July”

As you can probably gather from the title of Country Blues artist Erin Gibney’s latest single “July” the track was released with the intention of allowing the listener to embrace a sunny sonorous soundscape going through the motions of ritualistic summer lovelornness.

The New Jersey-born Nashville-based artist’s sound has been perceptibly influenced from moving to the home of soulful Country Blues, yet Erin Gibney has endeavoured to inject plenty of bold distinctive energy into her music. While narrative lyrics have become a fairly standard feat in Country music, with July, there was evidently little intention of holding anything back from anyone lucky enough to stumble across this exposing, poignant, and deftly orchestrated single.

You can check out Erin Gibney’s latest single July for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Vargen reignite the timeless classic which is Bob Dylan’s single “Tomorrow is a Long Time”

Covering Bob Dylan’s music is a fairly risky move, not many artists are able to recapture the same levels of mesmerism which was exuded by the master of melancholic acoustic music, but left in Vargen’s deft command the soundscape reached a new plateau.

My unilingual mind may not have been able to translate the Swedish take on Tomorrow is a Long time (Men Bara Om Min Alskande Vantar) from the stunning acoustic indie folk duo Vargen, but the harmonies and melodies were universally soothing.

With male and female vocals both softly versing the lyrics into the tender soundscape, the track almost became more poignant than ever. Vargen has made the track well and truly their own. And its good news for anyone who appreciates Tomorrow is a Long Time, they’ve recreated 9 of Bob Dylan’s most timeless classics with their 2019 album.

You can check out Vargen’s elegantly masterful single Tomorrow is a Long Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Luanne Hunt Releases her Latest work of Resonantly Sweet Country

If you sit back and appreciate Luanne Hunt’s latest single “Truckstops and Honkytonks” for exactly what it is; an authentic reincarnation of the roots of country blues, it’s incredibly cathartic. Country artists always possess a unique ability to conjure overwhelming amounts of energy and warmth through their soundscapes, and that’s exactly what you get from this track. The single runs you through the bitter-sweet emotions felt by a recording artist who despite their best efforts never quite make it to where they want to be. So, it’s safe to say that a lot of other recording artists will definitely find plenty of resonance in this easy, insightful offering of unadulterated country.

There’s also a lot to be said by the pitch-perfect control of the vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the melody of the single.

You can check out Luanne Hunt’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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