4/21/2016 2 Comments
Anchoring and connecting all the sounds is Simpson’s classic voice. His voice has a bit of a Randy Travis feel throughout, and he showcases an impressive range on “Call to Arms,” but his vocal talent isn’t the only thing he has going for him. He also produced his entire album, and wrote all of the songs himself, with the exception of the cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”
According to his website, Simpson wrote this album as a letter to his wife and young son. After his son was born, he “really questioned whether I wanted to spend however many more years on this bus, not being there and seeing all that was happening,” he said. “I had to figure out a way to put that into music, so I decided to write the whole record from the perspective of a sailor going to sea and not knowing if he’s ever coming home”
From the emotion and soul he’s poured into every song to the unique instruments and sounds he uses on A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson’s album will have you nodding along and wondering why no one ever thought to combine such diverse sounds before. Find the album on Spotify here, or visit Sturgill Simpson’s website here.
- Allie Windom
Watch the music video for “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”:
There can never be too much sass in the country music world, and Jessie G is determined to add some of her own to the mix. With her new single “Drop a Line” out now, she combines powerful vocals with an outlaw banjo sound for a truly unique musical experience.
“Drop a Line” will be the first single released to country radio for the Brookings, Oregon native, and she’s making sure it’s a standout. “I think the song makes a bold statement,” she said in a recent media release. “I’m laying it out there just like folks would usually only hear from men!”
Grammy-winning artist Gretchen Wilson produced “Drop a Line”, but Wilson certainly wasn’t the only influence on the track. Jessie G’s sound is shaped by musicians from Reba to Van Halen, and anywhere in between.
We certainly can’t deny Jessie G’s no-nonsense attitude and her bold style. The edgy sound and saucy lyrics of “Drop a Line” leave no doubt that Jessie G will be one of country music’s next great female rebels.
Watch for Jessie G’s self-titled EP to be released in the coming months, and find out more about her at jessiegofficial.com.
- Allie Windom
In a musical climate that offers more production and editing capabilities than ever before, it’s easy to forget the beauty of a simple recording that showcases true talent and raw character. Ward Davis doesn’t need any major production—his message comes through loud and clear in good old-fashioned acoustic country music.
An Arkansas native, Davis has written songs for modern country superstars including Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. In 2015 he released a project all his own, “15 Years in a 10 Year Town.”
From the first note you hear of this album, it captures your attention in the best way possible. Davis’ earnest voice is backed with perfectly understated acoustic parts that let his voice and songwriting talent shine. As you listen, his straightforward recordings make it easy to imagine that Davis is no further away than the rocking chair beside yours on a front-porch-pickin’ Saturday night.
Davis doesn’t shy away from typical country music content, including a cheating song with “Nobody’s Looking,” an honest religious doubter’s anthem on “Skeptic’s Prayer,” and the rush of love with “I Got You.” Between the outlaw feel of his collaboration with Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson to cover the 1978 Ed Bruce tune “Old Wore Out Cowboys,” and the upbeat drive of “More Goodbye,” this album has a little of everything.
Ward Davis doesn’t sugarcoat his music, and his straightforward writing style is a refreshing reminder of days gone by. As a modern musician with the influence of time-tested traditional sound and honesty, Ward Davis’ album “15 Years in a 10 Year Town” is a real gem of a listening experience.
- Allie Windom