There is not much more satisfying than hearing a honest, country twang cowboy singing through my speakers. As a long-time fan of Cody Johnson (pretty impressive being from Massachusetts!), I have found Johnson to just hit me in ways many can’t. The voice, the songs, all of it. It just “feels right,” to put it simply. Enter Jesse Raub Jr.
The Magnolia, Texas native has slid right into the spot next to Cody Johnson in my book. I’m currently sitting here listening to his 2016 release, “Sittin’ here” and my boots can’t help but stomp along with it. This 12 song album is an example of a well executed work of honest country that is full of personality and heart.
You are hit with the fiddle right off the bat in the first song, “Eiffel Tower” and you instantly realize this guy is proud to be a country singer. His voice just reminds me so much of Johnson and you will feel right at home singing along. Having stumbled across Raub Jr. only a week ago, I feel like I’ve been a listener for years. That feeling is solidified when you hear “Sittin’ Here” featuring none other than Johnson himself. Talk about two peas in a pod. They compliment each other so well, swapping lyrics and making you start dancing along with them. Definitely a favorite song on the album for me.
“A Women Like You” gives him a chance to slow things down and show off his crooning ability. Ladies watch out on this one because he’ll hook you before you know it. Most artists can keep your attention with a fast paced, rockin’ song, but you can always measure real talent with the slow ones. The fiddle, the hitting of the drum beat creates an addictive sound that just sucks you right in. This one would be a serious hit on country radio in my opinion. And guess what? No objectifying women like a sex object. Who would have thought?
This album is fantastic from end to end and I’ll wrap up my thoughts with “Mistakes.” A song like this is my example of what mainstream should sound like when artists want to do a high powered song. You’ll find some slick guitar riffs and authoritative drum beating in the background on this one. Never does he cross over to that awful mainstream version of “upbeat.” You can’t mistake this for anything but country and yet you’ll be jamming out to it, much like myself.
Keep your eyes peeled for shows for Jesse Raub Jr. This guy’s coming quick and deserves every second of publicity he gets. Proud new fan/supporter here.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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