Mini-reviews of some of the latest releases from upcoming acts:
Kaylens Rain – ‘In Our Blood’
We thought that we would spread our wings somewhat and look beyond the usual borders when checking out the latest new releases. Australian brother and sister Kaylee and Glen Harrison, collectively ‘Kaylens Rain’, have released their second album ‘In Our Blood’ on Dog Whistle Music and this certainly gets our seal of approval. They see themselves as a potential Aussie Lady A which is certainly setting the bar high.
There are very positive signs that they have the potential to break through. Every album needs that killer track that stands out. Here we have ‘Stars Don’t Forget’, a beautiful mid tempo ballad that showcases Kaylee’s pure voice and their magnetic harmonies. This is a real stand out and deserves to be heard.
It’s not a one-track album however. There is enough to interest lovers of quality country music. Australian Country Music is in good hands.
Kristy Cox – ‘Part Of Me’
Staying ‘Down Under’, another Australian native Kristy Cox has released her third album ‘Part of Me’ on Pisgah Ridge Records.
She has become one of the premier country artists in Australia having won the Bluegrass Recording of the year in the 2015 Australian Country Music Awards and was also nominated for Female Artist of the Year. She splits her time between Nashville and home, and Nashville based songwriter and producer Jerry Salley has returned to work with Kristy on this album.
Her particular brand of bluegrass, traditional country style and instrumentation is based around a sweet voice and emotive delivery. The stand-out for us is ‘The Part of Me (That’s Still in Love With You)’. The combination of the lovely banjo and fiddle instrumentation and Kristy’s very fine vocals create a very emotional ballad that is a must play.
We also have Kirsty’s take on Chris Stapleton’s ‘Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore’. A real contrast to hear light, sweet vocals on a song that we associate with a voice that has now become so iconic.
Another album well worth checking out.
LANco – Extended Play
Arista Nashville recording artists LANco have released their first 4-track EP. The five piece band have been performing together for the last 3 years in and around Nashville. LANco is essentially Brandon Lancaster who sings and writes most of the songs. We guess “co” is the four guys who make up the rest of the band – Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton ,Tripp Howell and Eric Steedley.
The opener ‘Long Live Tonight’ is certainly a catchy, radio friendly, pop country song that fits in seamlessly with much of the material in the charts at the moment.
‘We Do’ is a track that we guess needs to be heard live. A real interactive crowd pleaser. They have a reputation for a very energetic live show and this is a hands-in-the-air track.
The third track on this EP is the absolute highlight. ‘American Love Story’ is excellent. A superb banjo-backed delight that we have played endlessly here at YLIAS. A gorgeous melody and heart felt lyrics; this is where the guys are at their best. Definitely one to check out.
The EP concludes with ‘Troublemaker’ which has previously been touted as the lead single. A rather unusual production gives it a slightly retro feel and is another track that would be heard best in a live show.