Author: Leon Blair
It really is an exciting time to be a country music fan isn't it? Sure, 2016 has been loaded with unnecessary troubles, but if anything, country music has only gotten stronger, both in the mainstream and independent realms. While I'd rather talk about the overall jump in quality that's transpired lately, I'd be a fool not to mention the resurgence of traditional country music, not only for fans but also for artists as well.
Now, you can say that someone like Alabama native Shane Owens is a little late to jump on the bandwagon of preaching about how much he loves real country music, but the truth is, the man's always been fighting the fight. As of right now, Shane Owens has lost three record deals over the past decade, yet he still hasn't given up the fight. Radio won't play him, but he didn't let that stop him from finally pulling together his debut album. Like I said, it's an exciting time to be a country music fan, and an artist like Shane Owens is greatly appreciated in this day and age, especially when it looks like he may have a chance to make it.
Sadly enough though, at this point in time, it's not enough to be “country”, and unfortunately when I listen to Shane Owens' debut album, Where I'm Comin' From, I'm not sure I really understand who Shane is. I know what type of music he'd prefer to make, sure, but I'm not getting a sense of who Shane Owens is as an artist or what distinguishes him from other traditional up-risers like Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, or even Cody Johnson. In other words, while I think Shane has talent and potential, there are definitely a lot of moments on this album that could have been so much more.