Author: Leon Blair
You know, for as much as some music artists like to lump bloggers as nothing more than haters who live in their mother's basement, the reality is that couldn't be farther from the truth. Heck, my world of music knowledge wouldn't be nearly as expansive as it is had it not been from reading other blogs and discovering new artists for my listening pleasure.
2014 couldn't have been a better time to start reading those blogs either. As I'm sure many or probably all of you know, 2014 was dominated by a ton by the independent scene. Led by a man named Sturgill Simpson, rightfully almost every blogger fell head over heels for him. The truth of the matter is however, there were a lot of independent country acts just like Simpson who were beginning to break through and gain some serious traction. I'm talking about artists like Tami Neilson, Karen Jonas, The Secret Sisters, and another artist, Matt Woods.
For those who don't know, Tennessee native Matt Woods gained some serious attention for himself when he released his single, “Deadman's Blues” in 2013. He later gained even more attention in 2014 when he released his critically acclaimed album With Love From Brushy Mountain, an album that showed what an excellent songwriter Matt was. So when I heard that he was coming out with a new album in October called How To Survive, I was definitely anxious to hear it. What did I find?