We're just about past the halfway point of 2016, and I thought it'd be a great time to share some of my favorite albums I've heard so far this year.
Please note that this is not intended to be a "Best of 2016" list, because that would imply an in-depth knowledge of 2016 new releases that I currently lack. The fact that I only joined CMM in April and didn't decide to do a midyear/endyear list until May has resulted in me being a little behind in new releases. There are several acclaimed releases I fully intend to listen to but haven't yet, as well as some I listened to and enjoyed but haven't yet spent enough time with to feel comfortable writing about. In other words, if you don't see an album here, it is almost certainly not intended as a slight. I will have a more conventional, ranked "best of" list at the end of the year when I'm all caught up!
Author: Leon Blair
You know that old cliché? The one that says that you learn something every day? Well, when it comes to my musical discoveries it's a phrase that I live by. The sea of talent in the country and Americana music world is seemingly endless, full of artists waiting for your time of day. It's one of, if not the best problem a music fan could have in today's world.
Living in the United States, I've heard about a million artists in the country and Americana world stemming off of recommendations as well as my own research (and judging by the rate, I'm wondering if there will come a day when that “million” isn't a hyperbole.) However, no matter how much you dig and dig, you're unfortunately not going to get to hear everyone. The saddest part of all of this is that the thought rarely crosses to search for talent outside of one's country of origin. From the likes of Canada we've been treated to some great music by the likes of artists such as Lindi Ortega, Corb Lund, Colter Wall, Dean Brody, Whitney Rose, and many more. The United Kingdom is where you'll find the rising duo Ward Thomas. And of course, there's another country where you'll find country music talent as well – Australia.
And this brings us to Doug Bruce, originally from Aubrey, Texas, but now currently residing in Bendingo, Australia. For those who don't know, Doug has released five studio albums, and has a rich musical background, previously touring around Texas with his band named Cheyenne before pledging himself as a citizen of Australia two years ago. In addition to this, his father and uncle were both involved with music as well.