- Bush Hawg – Crushin
- Austin Webb – Slip On By
- Dierks Bentley – I Hold On
- – What Are You Listening To?
- David Nail – Whatever She’s Got
So, here we are again. It’s Monday and time for another mention of the new music I think you should know. I poured over the weekly list and questioned the likelihood that radio will play the best of the new music. If you’ve heard a bad song this week, I apologize. They know not what they play. Most likely the DJ you listen to just plays what they are told, they rarely program music on the local level anymore. Some shmuck in a dark room throws a dart at the songs to pick what you hear.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I met the Bush Hawg boys over two years ago. I got to get to know them when we didn’t have anything to offer each other but hard work and a bad ass live show. I was deaf as a post two days after their show. I walked around saying “what?” By far, one of the best lives shows I have ever seen. I’m not a big southern rock fan but I love them. I listen to this at night under the cover with my iPad. I throw my arms up in the air and sway with my Bic lighter. Not really, but the song jams groovy and I would if I had a lighter.
Second on my pick list is Austin Webb. You may have heard his debut single It’s All Good. The music was groovy, the lyrics were not memorable but I love his voice. I wish the new single had been the debut release because it sounds great. I don’t love the photo, he looks bored. I like it when a song and artwork work well together and the photo is distracting. Smile now, it gets worse later. Trust me.
Here’s the thing. I like Dierks Bentley. I saw him as a brand new artist in Nashville ages ago and really liked his show. I met him VERY briefly three years ago. His people were trying, and succeeded, in dragging him off while I was trying to say hello. I have enjoyed many of his singles, but he has always just been there. He’s been releasing singles since 2003, but all I really know about him is that he is from Arizona, has a cute dog and I love the Youtube of his little girl singing with him. That’s it. Radio seems to like him but he rarely gets any award nominations. I was shocked when I Hold On popped up on the add list because I could have sworn that Riser’s lead off single, Bourbon In Kentucky was released quite recently. A quick check says late May and peaked at #45. Sweet job, radio, not playing it. I love, love, LOVE I Hold On, which means I have probably jinxed it and it will never get played. What Was I Thinkin?
Recently, Tom Petty made some comments that got a few people’s feelings hurt. You can read it for yourself here but I didn’t see anything inappropriate or out of line. Chris Stapleton responded back to the comments. As a new artist with one single out, methinks he needs to protest less and concentrate on his own music. Petty called the new country “bad rock with a fiddle” and he was spot on. I can make the case reallllllly simple. When you attend a true rock concert and see a legend like Aerosmith, some of country music sounds just like bad rock. Like karaoke night at Leroy’s Auto Body and Peanut Hut. Real life issues and what rhymes with truck, hay and back roads are different worlds. That aside, the Stapleton vocal is great.
The fact is that we have brand new artists that badly want to get a hit on the chart right away, so the labels release whatever they think the right demographic is going to buy. I think it’s insulting to assume that the fans are incapable of liking a great song, but the monster is also one of their own creation. And the established acts, the geezers, badly want to stay relevant and on the chart, so they release some three minute s*** show song that gets played to death, makes a boatload of moolah for all involved, that gives me twitches and diabetes. They usually redeem themselves down the line with a killer song, but I have always wanted some artist to step up and lead the horses back to drinking good, clear water. Three minutes of holy water, not Port-A-Potty stench. Anyway..
The last on my list is the brand new David Nail song “Whatever She’s Got.” I think I have already talked about it, but it is such a departure for him and it is worth repeated mentions.