Country music can often seem to be full of predictable pitfalls and calculated cliche, a tried, tested and popular genre which sometimes uses that comfort zone to play it safe. But away from the rhinestones and glitter of Music City’s main thoroughfares there are artists who paint very different pictures even whilst using the same palette of musical colours.
Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers explore wonderful new ways of blending the genre with contemporary rock and even some deft pop hooks and mainstream sensibilities. The result is a song built of sweeping country rock guitars, rich harmonies and a mix of confident riffs, poetic lyrics and clever musical detail, and an accessibility which will have the most fervent pair of country boots stepping and stomping but which will also get the pop sneakers on the move too.
The Party Is Over from their debut album Puppets With My Heart, conforms enough for the purists to love it but still manages to break enough rules for the new wave of alt-country and roots rock fans to find much to their tastes. The Party is Over ironically that when it comes to a new lease of life for country music, the party has only just begun.
Lyn Avenue is a duo project based in Savannah, Georgia with a very characteristically unique sound. Combining their southern influences and backgrounds with elements of Country music and Folk, the result is one of a kind. This is no surprise though. The band already has a series of achievements in their biography and their music just keeps getting better and better along the years! “Kentucky Bourbon,” their latest release, is not only very well written and performed but it also has a music video with a whole lot of character to accompany it as well!
This song definitely doesn’t fail to create a lasting impression. This is not just a tune for Country music lovers because it can literally be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. With a very catchy chorus, excellent song structure, rich vocals and driving instrumentation, the song has all it takes to become a hit. As the song starts with the chorus it immediately immerses the listener in the fun atmosphere that it is very able to create. The bright vocal ton and driving playful guitar sonorities just keep pushing the music forward while delivering a truly authentic sound and creating a great atmosphere. “Kentucky Bourbon” is simply one of those songs that without any shadow of a doubt will make you feel good!
It’s always great when music subverts the expectations delivered by the title so the fact that a song called That’s How The Nightmares Began is actually and upbeat, jaunty country number is always going to raise a smile. The track takes a blend of country sensibility and rock muscle to build a song which will not only please the Music City purists but which also has the infectiousness and sonic appeal that could see it tap into a much wider audience.
And whilst it sits right at the fresh and forward thinking end of the genre, it also feels like it is an old favourite right from the first play through its simple but effective hooks, addictive chorus, clean but impressive guitar lines, rock driven urgency and groovesome country vibe. Another fact for you, despite this song feeling and sounding like a dyed in the wool, Nashville bound, southern fried, country classic in the making, it is actually the product of the cold west country clays of Glastonbury, England. Some days things just aren’t what they seem.
Peter Donegan, son of late “Godfather of British Rock n Roll” Lonnie Donegan, has music running through his veins with an inevitable strong passion towards Country music in particular. His sound is authentic and inimitable and his outstanding songwriting skills are able to captivate listeners of all stylistic preferences. His latest hit song “Superman” does not only showcase these skills but also features a raw heartfelt performance quality and a clear sound that can communicate musical ideas effectively. The chorus section for this song is also able to create a very lasting impression, with higher melodies and interesting rhythmic choices as well as an instrumental background that complements these elements perfectly.
With a consistent vocal tone quality exploring shapely singable melodies using a variety of colours as well as a very effective instrumental arrangement which constantly propels the music forward, the song is intelligently crafted and performed. Another aspect of the song which makes it feel so raw and natural is it’s ability to evoke the sensation that the music is being experienced live in concert. With changes in texture that sustain interest throughout, a balanced Country style instrumentation that keeps growing and singable melodies that form uplifting choruses, the song truly shows how great Peter Donegan’s songwriting skills truly are. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed!
One month after the initial release of DreamTaun, the fresh new single from Ekaterine Music and we’re still revelling in the absolute masterpiece of this sonorous sound. With its wholesome hints of Country, Americana, Electro-Pop, Funk and Ska DreamTaun has the momentum of a thousand wild horses.
The track progresses with Ska tones reverberating from the guitar with transient slips of melody from the verse to the chorus. The track has an angelic aura about it twined with the exuberance of one of the most confident women that you’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to expressing herself in a midst of raucous energy. The sound dominates its sweet euphoric vibe. The vocals are as clear as glass fracturing into a thousand pieces through the rhythm of this track. Ekaterine Music is the new musical venture from visionary Moscow born singer song writer Ekartine Goglidze whose music soon caught the attention of the BBC. In 2016, she was invited to perform her original material in the live sessions. She’s a woman of astounding grace and stunning talent.
Check out her new single DreamTaun on the SoundCloud link below:
Binky is a young British country pop singer songwriter with a very unique tone, style and approach to music. With her extensive training in music, dance and drama Binky bridged a link between Nashville and London which truly makes her sound authentic and distinguishable from all the rest. In her song “Fireflies” she in fact projects a great outburst of energy in combination with an exciting and immersive performance that is sure to have people from different parts of the world singing along to her anthemic catchy chorus.
One of the most striking aspects in this particular song is the constant drive and energy that literally surrounds the listener with a vibrant atmosphere that is hard to ignore. Apart from this, Binky’s voice contours melodies which feature an interesting range both in the verses and in the soaring chorus. The melodies chosen are not only uplifting but also very singable and memorable. The blend between country and pop is also very striking and authentic, resulting in a song that is enjoyable for a very wide and varied audience. The sound is authentically country influenced but the melodies and energised choruses bring out the strong pop element to the forefront. With her intelligent blend of styles and characteristic vocal tone Binky is not only creating a connection between continents through music but also providing us with an uplifting sound that is surely to be recognised on the radio.
Jack Hayden has everything it takes to charm the audience. Engaging presence, charisma, good looks and insane guitar chops. His brand new single, “Do It Again”, is a driven, punchy and hard-hitting track that highlights the artist’s amazing energy.
One of the best things about this song is that Jack retains his appeal and melodic sining skills, even when stomping on the accelerator to the max! This song makes me think of some of the early and best work by artists such as Nickelback or Daughtry, where great melodies seamlessly blend in with powerful guitars and gigantic rock antics.
Everything about this song is larger-than-life, making for a fun, unique and really uplifting listening experience. This is a song that will charge you up and fire up from the get go.
Jack Hayden managed to show off a lot of star power on this track, with a bold, direct and energetic feel.
Imagine a place where drinks are free and blood won’t spill, where the music is an imaginative blend between country, rock and blues and the rhythm just keeps flowing as the hours go by – an outlaw heaven. That’s exactly where Doe Grass is taking us! Portrayed through a collection of clever and image evoking lyrics, steady percussive rhythms and a good sense of harmonic contrast at just the right points “Sally’s Place” is guaranteed to have you press repeat after the last few notes. The sound of the steady shaker rhythms in the beginning are enough to pull you in and immerse you in an image evoking song with memorable guitar lines that are groovy and tastefully bluesy all at the same time. The laid back guitar solos also feature an interesting element of harmonic fluctuations which interact perfectly with the underlying progression, creating an experience that is full of colour.
With an edgy, yet clear, vocal tone and just the right attitude the lyrics are expressed with a strong sense of narrative while the rhythm remains pronounced and consistent throughout. The use of effects is also a feature which is integrated very nicely, making this track sound complete, with a freshness of sound that is guaranteed to be enjoyed by anyone. Apart from it’s ability to capture the imagination through an authentic arrangement, “Sally’s Place” also presents a good element of melodic contrast, and a final statement which is exactly what makes it so memorable and catchy for all.
Ethan Cole is quickly building a great reputation for himself within the local music scene and beyond due to his earnest sound and passionate approach. His music blurs the barriers between genres such as country, folk and indie-pop, while his unmistakable vocals reign over the songs arrangements seamlessly.
On his recent release, Supermoon Eclipse, Ethan set out to create a charming sonic tapestry where great melodies blend in with stunning harmonies and upbeat energy in equal doses. This is one of those songs that couple listeners to stick around and pay attention from start to finish, due to the sheer power of the arrangement and the unique strength of the musicianship displayed within the track.
This song echoes the work of artists such as Wilco, Ryan Adams or Fleet Foxes, going for a simple, yet lush and far-reaching sound.
Country music can mean many different things to many different people. Throw in the prefix alt. and the sky’s the limit. Funny Funny Things is certainly somewhere in that category, built on a country swing, a wonderful sweet and sour harmony contrast and deft acoustic licks but still somehow on the wrong side of the tracks. Would it pass muster in Nashville? Probably not, but that is what makes bands like A Few Bad Men so great.
They take country expectations, bend and batter them to their will and end up with something that skirts the edges of many genres, outsiders to all and I bet that is just how they like it. Or should I say he likes it, because A Few Bad Men is a musical vehicle for ex-Bell Jar man Simon Paul Roy a musical gypsy if ever there was one and anyone who’s CV includes working with the likes of The Church and The Saints is definitely someone you need to check out.