There has without a doubt been some buzz generated when a young man by the name of Dillon Carmichael released a tune called Old Songs Like That. Without looking, you’ll perk up when you hear his booming vocals, trying to place just where you heard them before. Nephew to Eddie (1/2 of Montgomery Gentry) and John Michael Montgomery, Carmichael inherited and has honed an incredible voice that will make the gods of country music gleam with approval. Pair that with songs that are pulled straight from the heart, we could just be looking at one of the next big things in country music.
With the country music landscape split so heavily between the indie world and mainstream, there is a hunger for artists that can appeal to both the radio folks and us indie fans. Somewhere along the way a song with a rich country melody was decided unfit for the very genre it breathes life into. It’s leaving a void in the country music legacy that will ultimately be seen with regret for what has been lost. The classics are just that – classics. And the new stuff, is well… some sort of abomination to the genre.
Country music as a genre is not just the about voice, boots or cowboy hats. It’s about the songs that resonate with you in a time of hardship or pick you up when you’re out for a fun night with your date or buddies. Music has a way of fitting in to our lives, no matter our mood or state of mind. It’s the artists that forgo jumping on the what’s hot bandwagon and stick to the real stuff that the real fans take notice. Trying to force yourself into the spotlight and history books is like the idiots now who are eating Tide Pods. It’s stupid, immature, and just screams you are looking for attention. We want someone that has been out staying true to themselves the whole time. And if that person happens to be a young gun with a deep appreciation for those who came before? Well, then that’s even better. Cue Dillon Carmichael.
He takes Old Songs Like That to show his appreciation to the very songs that inspired his journey into music. From the tears that would spawn from his eyes or the smile that will light up his face. His message is that it’s all about the music and relating to the message set forth by the artist. There’s a certain depth and attention to detail that’s been long forgotten. If you read the comments on his videos, you’ll continue to see that people appreciate his choice to stay rooted in the traditional side of country.
I found myself having goosebumps with each video I watched on his YouTube Channel. From the latest recordings all the way down to some of his older tunes like It’s Simple, Dillon proves that his goal his not to play the game and join the pack. Rather, he makes the music that means the most to him and leaves listeners like myself hungry for more. That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.
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