Every once in a while I come across a song or an artist that strikes a chord in my chest and I feel compelled to blog it and tweet it. I've done it with Sturgill many times and now I am doing it with Zach Bryan because this song is incredible. That gravel voice, the lyrics, the simpleness and simultaneous depth of the music. It's one of those songs that I will legitimately listen to 100x over the next couple days. My count is probably at 20ish right now and it's only 1015 at the time I am writing it.
My tweet really sums up how I feel about the state of country music. Somewhere along the way Nashville got so corporate and the entire industry became pop music with twang and songs about beer. That is Luke Bryan in my mind. If that's for you, more power to you. I am just never going to be in on the US995 style of music. I LOVE that there has been a grassroots boom of independent outlaw style country folk singers recently. Sturgill Simpson, to me, is how the movement really took off. He won best country album in 2016 without ever getting a single play on the radio. Tyler Childers, Zach Bryan, and many others came just about simultaneously and now there is no shortage of GREAT music in that genre. Every time I tweet someone I like I get replies from people on twitter with artists who I had never heard of but instantly enjoy.
No free ads, but...the first day of the Windy City Smokeout is going to be the best concert date in Chicago this summer. Zach Bryan, followed by the Turnpike Troubadours, followed by Willie Nelson. You can't beat that. If you're not there, well, you messed up. I had an incredible time last year. Clearly.
If you're unfamiliar with the Turnpike Troubadours well...here you go
Tickets to the smokeout