Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well! We’re officially in the month of April now which is crazy in my opinion. It’s always funny to me how the first two months seem so slow, but the moment March hits the year just seems to fly by.
Georgia is finally having more and more sunny days which is nice since we’re staying home. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my front porch enjoying the weather, and watching everything bloom. In fact, that’s where I’m writing this post from. It feels so nice out, birds are chirping, the tree limbs are slightly swaying due to a light breeze, bees are buzzing, and I’ve got some music playing. The only thing I’d change is that I wish there wasn’t so much pollen.
I thought I’d change things up a little this week, and focus on a genre of music instead of just new music. Even though if you’re looking for something new I recommend the new All Time Low album. It doesn’t really fit with what I’m talking about today, but it’s a good album. I chose country as the genre to discuss today for a few different reasons. The main reason though is it’s what I’ve listened to a lot recently.
I used to love country music so much, and then I got where I just couldn’t’ stand most of it. I guess this can be said about a lot of genres, but I found the songs to all basically be the same. It also just got to a point where the songs seemed to lack heart. It no longer felt like a genre that shared stories. I know that makes me sound like one of those grumpy people that thinks music shouldn’t change at all, but that’s not how I feel at all. I’m fine with things changing, and with artists wanting to try new things. All genres have changed over time, and I’m always fascinated by those changes. It’s just that the things that I had once loved about country music had seemed to disappear. It seemed more about selling a stereotype of sorts, and I wasn’t for it. So with the exception of a few artists I stopped listening to the genre.
Last year Ken Burns released his documentary on country music, and that’s when my love for the genre came back. I was reminded of why I once loved it. I also found new reasons to love the genre as the documentary discussed many things that I didn’t know. The documentary was really well done, and if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend trying to watch it.
The documentary isn’t the only thing that got me back into country though. I also had some people introduce me to some artists that are more recent and that are making the type of country music that I always loved. I was excited to find new music that held on to the aspects of country that I loved.
I thought this week I’d share some of those artists. I feel that it’s obvious by now that I love Johnny Cash. I also love a lot of the other classic country artist. I feel those are mostly artists that people will know whether they like country music or not though. Also as I mentioned I do love some of the current popular artists. I enjoy some Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Maddie and Tae, and a few others. As those are also a lot of recognizable artists I’ll leave it at just mentioning them. The artists I’m wanting to share are ones that may or may not be as recognizable. They’re ones that I feel don’t get enough credit from the country world even though they’re carrying on the traditional country music style.
The first artist I thought I’d share has actually been around for a little bit. Her first solo album came out in 1987, and she’s had quite a few albums since then. I’m sure there may be a fairly larger amount who may know her name. She’s someone I’ve listened to most of my life even after I stopped listening to most of country music. Partly because she’s one of my mom’s favorites and partly because I also loved her music. She’s one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to play the violin/fiddle. Her name is Alison Krauss. If you know the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? then you may recognize her name. She did several of the songs on that soundtrack. Also a few years ago she performed “Red” with Taylor Swift and several other artists. You may also remember “Whiskey Lullaby” that was popular a little while ago. My favorite song by her is “Simple Love.” My favorite album is Paper Airplanes though. Most of her songs make me long for something or some other time. It’s hard to explain, but it makes me want to listen to her even more.
A little extra tidbit that kind of goes along with Krauss is one of the members of her band, Union Station. I love when she does stuff with them, and I especially love when Dan Tyminksi sings. His songs also make me long for something. I’m not quite sure what it is, but there’s like a melancholy longing I feel when I hear either of them sing. You may also know him from the O Brother, Where Art Thou. You know how the Soggy Bottom Boys sang “Man of Constant Sorrow?” Well he’s the main vocals you hear on that song. So if you didn’t know, now you do!
Next up is Colter Wall who is one of my favorites at the moment. I’ve made mention of him a few times recently in some of my posts. He’s literally been on repeat almost nonstop over the past month or so. I love the style of his music. There’s a good bit of storytelling in his songs which I love. He also has a murder ballad which I don’t feel is something you hear much of anymore. I’ve made mention that I’ve been learning how to play guitar, and I have hopes to one day be able to play one of his songs. Even after listening to him for weeks now I still haven’t grown tired of his stuff so it will probably be on repeat for a while longer.
Next up is the masked singer! No, not the TV show. Orville Peck not only has a great voice, but he wears a cool fringed mask when he sings. It gives him that mysterious vibe that I’m totally here for. You may know of him, as he’s supposed to be the opening act for Harry Styles at Harryween in October. If you don’t know him though I highly suggest giving him a listen. His voice kind of gives me Elvis vibes. I think one of my favorites by him would have to be “Roses are Falling” which you can check out below.
Next up is a band that sadly is no longer making music together, but I still enjoy listening to their stuff. I saw them live a little while ago before they parted ways, and they put on such a great show. They also had one of my favorite band tees! The Vespers were one of my absolute favorites for a while, and I recently started listening to them again so I feel I have to share them.
An artist that I’ve just recently found out about in the last couple of weeks is Charley Crockett. I love his music and his vibe. His story which you can read about here is just as interesting as his music. As I said, I just recently found out about him so I feel I need more time to pick a favorite song. I really like all that I’ve heard so far though.
Yola is the next artist that I want to share. I actually found out about her when watching a Colter Wall video. I was looking at the YouTube comments, and saw someone recommend her. I looked her up, and I’m glad that I did. Her voice is so amazing. She does a phenomenal cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” I think my favorite of hers though is “Lonely the Night.” I love the “Ride out in the Country” video so much though so I have to share that one with all of you.
I’ve talked to a couple of people about this next artist, and we’ve all come to the conclusion that his voice reminds us of a mix of Cash and Waylon. Paul Cauthen is another artist I’ve recently found out about. I’ll admit I’ve only heard a couple of his songs, but I like what I’ve heard. Also I feel like his show would be a lot of fun if the performance I’m sharing with ya’ll is a representation of how he always performs.
I hope you enjoy these artists as much as I have. I’m thankful for artists like these who remind me of why I liked country music. Along with these I’ve mentioned, I’ve also been listening to some of Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson. I really love what I’ve heard from both of them as well, but feel I haven’t listened to them near enough to share much about them. Overall, country music has found its way back into my heart just a bit over the last few months, and I don’t hate it.
That’s all I have for this weeks Sunday songs! My hope is that you find something in one or all of these artists that you like. If you do find something you like about the artists I’ve shared be sure to comment below. As always feel free to share some of your favorites as well. Thank you so much for reading this weeks post! See you next time!