Shortly after discussing the impressive talent and booming vocals of Dillon Carmichael, I saw that he has once again released a killer new tune. What I have appreciated about each release from Carmichael, is his consistent commitment to traditional country music. By staying true to the style of country he enjoys, it flows with such natural ease. And in turn, I can’t help but view him as a genuine country boy who just wants to share his music with all who will listen.
Titled Made to Be a Country Boy, Dillon Carmichael walks us through his pride in being a southern country boy. Waking up in the morning, he sees not only himself, but pieces of his father and grandfather. His love of country music and farm life did not happen by chance. Like most of us, we have traits passed down from our parents that we take on ourselves. In our youth, we don’t always realize the influence that family can have on us, but as time passes it becomes clearer. And the longer we are alive, we tend to feel a sense of pride with who we are. While we can’t change everything about our life, we can, and should show our pride and confidence in being who we are.
Aesthetic traits aside, our love of certain styles of music, cars, and overall lifestyle, are subconsciously passed down to us. While there are exceptions to this, we tend to value our upbringing and the values instilled in us by our parents and extended family. For me, that has been work ethic, enjoying cars, treating others how I would like to be treated, and appreciating an active lifestyle, especially outdoors. If I had not been around the people who I call my parents, then I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. It’s our job to shape our own life with the foundations that were laid before us by our parents.
Embedded deep into traditional country, Made to Be a Country Boy keeps with all the traditional instruments that country purists know and love. There is enough contemporary flair to attract new listeners, much like Chris Stapleton’s approach to his releases. Traditionalists will surely find Carmichael a welcomed addition to their library, as I myself have. It’s one thing to talk about being country, and it’s another to embrace the overall style without touting it and having the complete opposite musical make-up. How often do we hear how country an artist is, and their music resembles more pop and R&B than country?
Country music has long been loved for its sharing of values and deeper stories that touch the listener’s life. We have watched that slip away in mainstream country, but it’s been here in the underground the whole time. As they say, the best stuff in life you just have to know where to look. Songs like this remind us about the reflection of our life and acknowledgment of those who have helped shape us. Artists like Dillon Carmichael encompass the whole authentic country package, and it’s his powerful voice and desire to tell stories, that gives me reason to believe he has a bright future on a national level in country music.
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