It’s been an exiting time for Aaron Copeland in the past year. He’s made a big step by releasing his self-titled EP back in June of 2017 and has continued to march forward with the band. Having made Pitstop for Country’s “Favorite New Artist Finds of 2017,” Copeland (AC) is certainly a talent to make note of. It’s an impressive time in the Texas realm of country music due to the large number of young artists that have worked to put their own style of country together – yet understand that many folks want to still hear the flavor the old “five-piece band.” For AC’s single, Rain, he put together a music video that goes right along with this great sounding love song.
If you recall back in June when I covered AC’s self-titled EP (see link here), you would remember that I referenced Rain as being a very Stoney LaRue-esque song. In all honestly, vocally they sound quite similar on this track – making it that much more enjoyable for me. (Note: I am a huge Stoney fan.) I also noted that it would make a great single for release:
My gut tells me the Stoney Larue like-song, Rain will be a single that winds up on Texas radio. It has all the makings of a quality Texas Country tune that will be a favorite with radio listeners.
Just a few months later, Rain now sits at #34 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. Not too shabby in my book.
Joined by his girlfriend for the music video, the couple finds themselves outside in the rain not caring about being soaked to the bone. It doesn’t matter because they’re only focused on being with each other – which ultimately leads them to get tangled up before the night is over.
When I listen to a song such as this, I’m reminded just how different love and attraction are portrayed in Texas as opposed to mainstream country. Overall in Texas, there is less of an emphasis on the physical and objectifying towards women, and more focus on painting a story or situation - such as the case in Rain. There is attention placed on how the song works on the instrumental side. It’s contemporary with the drum style, but has pedal steel ringing throughout in the background.
While I was out last night at Toby Keith’s bar, I mentioned to my buddy how so many local acts/Nashville groups seem to have just left out the fiddle and turn everything into a rock concert. Their voices may be excellent, but they are ignoring the foundation of what makes a country song. It’s an unfortunate reality nowadays, but there are those like Aaron Copeland that are still in-tune to what really matters.
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