Author: Zackary Kephart
We’re always so concerned with the concept of “saving” country music. I’m not just talking about saving it in the mainstream. If you don’t think that the independent side of country music has its fair share of trends then you’re wrong. While a lot of artists have chosen to incorporate horns in their music simply for the sake of being popular, some artists have chosen to stick to their guns and release what they want to.
The self-titled album from Luke Bell is of the latter description. It’s very rare that I review something from an artist that the readers of this blog already know a lot about. Indeed, Luke Bell has been heralded as the next big thing in country music, and deservingly so. After signing with Thirty Tigers earlier this year Luke Bell decided to revamp his 2014 album, Don’t Mind If I Do by pulling it from all outlets and starting over. The result is five tracks that have carried over to his new self-titled album as well as new songs. The hype surrounding Luke Bell isn’t just for show, nor are there are sneaky marketing gimmicks. This guy is just plain and simply the real deal.
It’s really hard to articulate what makes the self-titled album from Luke work so damn well. It’s like a painting at a museum. You lose yourself in it and it’s just hard to describe the beauty of what pulls you in. Make no mistake, not only is this one of the best country albums you’ll hear this year, it’s one 2016’s best, period.