Author: Leon Blair
The best moments in music, especially country music have never been made alone. Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings are cited as the fathers of the outlaw movement, and guys like George Strait, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam are known for bringing back integrity to a genre that was once thought doomed. Even now, we look to guys like Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi, William Michael Morgan, and Mo Pitney to bring back a traditional country sound to the forefront of the mainstream. The theme of unity in country music isn't just prevalent in the songs submerged in its history, it's embodied within the artists themselves as well.
When Dave Cobb announced the birth of his super project, “Southern Family”, it seemed way too good to be true. The tracklist boasted arguably some of the best artists out there, and to have them all on one album? Yeah, my excitement for this was a tad high. So how is “Southern Family” anyway?
Author: Leon Blair
Album. Merriam Webster defines one as "a long musical recording on a record, CD, etc., that usually includes a set of songs". That's a somewhat vague and inaccurate description. A true album tells a story, one that requires a full, uninterrupted listen. Even the best music can forget to do this. You could easily find a phenomenal album that's chock full of fantastic material, but only the best ones tell an actual cohesive story.
That's what makes an artist like Chris King so special in today's musical landscape. After releasing the dynamite country-gold record in 2013 titled "1983", King is now back with his sophomore album, "Animal". This time, King has traded in the country sounds for something that resembles more of a rock sound, couple with spacious production that will surely take you on a hell of a ride.
Really, reviewing an album like "Animal" is hard, mainly because talking about it spoils the masterful story told here. I can't go out of order and tell you what the best songs are, nor can I signal out any one track for being a standout, because that wouldn't be doing this album any justice. You take away even one song from this collection and you've ruined it. That's not a sign of bad artistry mind you. It's the polar opposite.