The smooth vocaled Mart Heddin is no 'new kid in town' to Texas country, despite not having the name recognition or radio play of other Texas artists. For years, Heddin has been working hard performing country music from an early age. Like many, he began to find his voice in a local choir, which started the foundation to his country music career. As time went on and he honed his skills, the attention of the Cowboys Dancehall was caught. Marty Heddin soon found himself the band leader of the venue and opening for some of his musical idols. With his debut self titled release in 2016, he is on his way to crafting his own legacy in Texas Country.
Taking Heddin's self titled EP for a ride will expose you to an artist that is reminiscent of Craig Campbell. It's the style of country music that is a little bit modern yet unmistakably twangy and ready for a cruise or cookout. Sure, there are some mainstream sounds and studio drum beats on a song like Fine By Me that I admittedly could have done without, but it's not at all bro-country. The song eventually smooths out and gives us a break from that, but it is a mainstream radio song waiting for it's chance in the spotlight. I have to give Heddin some credit because even with some similar mainstream sounds on Make You Stay, there's pedal steel on there which made me happy.
Where Marty shines is on an up-tempo song like Going Like It's Going which has none of that synthetic feel. Here you're treated to a lively tune that incorporates everything I love about Texas country music. The classic falling in love song where he is realizing that he's got something good going on for once. Waking up every morning, cuddled up and enjoying her company more as time passes is putting them on train to wedding bell city. It's a fun love song to soak up without feeling like your at a R&B concert and about to get your grindin' on.
The heaviest country song on this album is without a doubt A Little Less Lonely with heavy does of pedal steel and Heddin pouring his heart over his drink. Dealing with the ending of his romantic relationship has brought him to the bar in efforts to making things "better." Hearing this song really gives us a chance to hear his sensitive side in a stripped down environment. Marty has an excellent voice for this type of music and it's where I would like to see him stay. I'm just some guy on the internet who listens and writes about music as a hobby, but Going Like It's Going and A Little Less Lonely are what pleased me the most and get me excited.
Marty Heddin is not reinventing country music or pretending to be some outlaw, he's just trying to keep the music from straying too far away from you know, being country.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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