I recently traveled through Nashville – and although I didn’t get to spend the time I wanted checking out the town, I did manage to make it to a couple of record stores. Now Nashville isn’t just about country music, but when you’re there it is sure easy to get caught up in the amazing history of music. I had some Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Steve Earle ready as we approached the city limits. Yet I found I was listening to the Sturgill Simpson record – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music a lot; along with Boy and Bear, Father John Misty, Dawes, and Shakey Graves and it all fit with the place. I realized that Americana/Alt-Country is in a really great place right now.
With this being said I’m so looking forward to June when Texas troubadour Matthew McNeal’s record, ‘Compadre’, will be released. We posted an INTERVIEW with Matthew and the video to the first single – the hauntingly gorgeous – Lost and Found a while back, and Matthew has kicked it up a notch with the latest release from the upcoming record – Alonely.
Compadre’ was recorded at Redwood Studios in Denton, Texas, and produced by McKenzie Smith (Midlake/Sarah Jaffe/St. Vincent) and Joey McClellan (Midlake/Israel Nash/The Fieros).
Alonely is another strong track from an artist on my radar.