Sure, you have heard of Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, two of the beak-out “Outlaw” Country/Americana artists of the last few years. But, lurking just below this stellar surface are a bunch of top-notch talents that are working in the genre that very much deserve some of your ear time.
If you listen to her latest single “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle) from the soon to be released album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, you will take pause and not quite figure out what decade you are in. Signed as the first Country act to Jack White’s Third Man Records, Margo Price brings to mind many of the 70’s Country music vixens, most notably Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.
A bit more Laurel Canyon than Music Row, Andrew Combs does Country Folk-Rock the right way in the Jackson Browne mode. His latest record These Dreams with stellar songs the likes of “Rainy Day Song” and “Suwannee County” vibing Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson.
Aubrie Sellers is a Country Girl with a Rock Chick Attitude. As the daughter of Lee Ann Womack, you would thing that her musical muse runs more to the Countypolitan side. But you would be wrong. She calls her style of music Garage Country, and after a couple of kick-ass sessions with Light of Day, her newly released album, she couldn’t be more right. Her guitar skills shine on the title track, and she goes low and slow on “Like the Rain” this is a refreshing candidate for Country record of the year already.
To state the obvious, Daniel Romano is retro. He has skipped the 70’s and 80’s all together and has gone all the way back to the best George Jonesin’ 60’s Gentleman Country this side of Marty Robbins and Bill Anderson. The vibe is so old it is new, and a welcome listen.
If you are Jonesin’ for George Strait, Clint Black, and Clay Walker, and miss that more laid back Country Style, then Sam Outlaw will be your new favorite cowboy.