OK, this is crazy to admit, but I was unfamiliar with Ray Scott until the past week or so. I had heard his name mentioned by my buddy Doug over at IOUMusic on facebook, but I guess I never looked him up for some reason. BIG mistake on my part.
Merrian-Webster defines “Authentic” as:
true to one's own personality, spirit, or character
It’s a word that has been discussed heavily in country music as of late, something that has caught the attention of many. Sometimes in music and the arts, we lazily take in what is given to us, failing to ever question the source. It’s a very thing I, myself have been guilty of because it can be difficult to see through the blurred lines of fact and fiction. In the current country music landscape, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate what is real and what is essentially manufactured because of the current trends in independent music. The big machines of Nashville have realized that so many indie artists are rising in popularity because of the connections with fans, their personalities, and their commitment to producing authentic country music. While changing times do encourage evolution in nearly all styles of art, the root of a genre like country music, should remain. I had the chance to talk at length with traditional country artist, James Carothers, from everything to getting his start in Nashville, to the current outlook of today’s digital world.
As eerie and fascinating as seeing your doppelganger is, so is the striking vocal resemblance of Cowboy country legend, Chris LeDoux and his son, Ned. As most are familiar with, Chris passed away in 2005, leaving behind an incredible legacy that is forever marked on the pages of true country music and the rodeo world. His son, Ned, is a talented artist that has picked up right where is father left off. While no one wants to live in the shadow of others and constantly be compared to their father, it is remarkable how Ned’s style has given fans of his father’s a sense of hope. Ned’s 2016 album Forever a Cowboy was our first real peak at what this cowboy has to offer and has continued to help establish his brand in the Wild West. Here to tease us with a new song off his upcoming album, Sagebrush (due out November 3rd ) this tune tips the ole cowboy hat to those that prefer living out in the sticks.
Some of you folks out in West Texas may recognize Jerry Serrano as the host of Monday night singer/songwriter night at the Bluelight Live. Lubbock, Texas has been gaining a reputation in producing some of the finest artists that the Texas scene has to offer. What better way to begin one’s musical career than to step up to the plate with an open mic night? Here in New England, some may not understand just how important the music scene is in Texas. It’s a way of life in Texas and Oklahoma. Where sub-par cover bands make the rounds to places like Toby Keith’s Bar and Grille in Foxboro, MA, incredible country artists are the norm in the Lonestar state. It’s a culture that you have to see to believe and Jerry Serrano’s music is something we can add to that list.
Oh how I love finds like this. An Instagram buddy of mine tagged me in a post of a video by Union Sound Treaty, a band I have never heard of until that point. A positive impression was surely made because here I am sharing them with you. You’re not going to want to miss checking out this West Virgina based band and their fantastic song Coal Country.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how quickly our world has changed. Technology in my short life alone, has changed how we communicate, buy goods, get jobs, and view our world. It’s created platforms for people like me to share their thoughts to the world and just a few short years ago, it would have been difficult without social media. What I have observed and am very aware of, is the changing landscape with music and journalism. With Rolling Stone for sale and other publications fading away, it is a reminder that we as consumers have changed how we find and seek opinions about new music.
Mr. Shooter Jennings has a new single that features some back-up input from some of the largest names in Texas Country. It’s catchy as hell and even better is that it’s proceeds go to the Rebuild Texas Fund.
Wade Bowen has been sharing his love of music by opening up his writing room to us on Wednesdays and this week he chose to debut an acoustic performance of his latest tune. The beauty of these weekly videos is the candid approach he takes when sharing music that he simply enjoys or has pulled influence from. Some of the tunes he selects are not country, which shows the casual viewer just how much of an impact the musical greats can have on a songwriter - not just their favorite country legends. Slotted for his new album in February of 2018, this new single Acuna is Bowen’s glory days tune where he reminisces about his college era trips to Mexico.
Reflecting on late 2016 and all of 2017 here at Pitstop for Country, it’s been a heck of a year for discovering new music. It’s been an eye opening experience for realizing just how much immense talent lies below the FM dial. When I set out to begin this journey, uncovering smaller acts, talking about larger ones, and just music discussions in general were my main focus. So far, that has been the case but I’m still amazed, even now, at the crazy talent that doesn’t receive more discussion. It’s those with day jobs that impress me the most as they are pushing to pursue their dreams, balance a family, and still show up to work on time and provide for their families. I’ve kept close sights on one such artist, someone that has truly gained a big fan out of me and I know that in time others will continue to follow. There is just no way that someone like Doc West can be overlooked much longer and he’s here to prove that with a music video for Watcha Call A Cowboy, his first single off his upcoming EP, Hard Luck Cowboy.
With everything that has been going on in our country, many have lost sight of one simple ideal: People are inherently good. How many times have you watched someone having car trouble in a shopping center parking lot? Maybe you yourself have been in this situation yourself. I personally have helped numerous people especially back in college from helping with a battery jump start to showing someone how to add coolant. Never once did I walk away based on a political view or beliefs in general, and neither should you. Social media has continued to cause a rift because people believe that rants will change other people’s minds. This just in: it just causes a divide. Texas artist Josh Grider hopes to help people remember that all we have is each other in this journey called life.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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