EP REVIEW: Backwoods Creek – ‘It’s About Time’

It’s been another hugely exciting and successful summer for the Backwoods Creek boys. A message to any aspiring British country acts – take a look at these guys for a lesson in making an impact and integrating into the scene. In a relatively short space of time, they’ve become one of the UK’s most loved festival bands, captivating audiences at Buckle & Boots, FSA and more. And to top it off, they’ve pretty much swept the floor with this year’s BCMA nominations, featuring in an impressive four categories including ‘Group Of The Year’. Not bad eh?

Their new 6-track EP ‘It’s About Time’ is very much a reflection of everything the fans have come to know and love about their live performances. Full of energy, powerful melodies and a feel-good vibe throughout. The production is slick, the songs are infectious and it’s pure Backwoods Creek; what more could you need?

The aforementioned high energy and feel good factor is prevalent in the opening two tracks ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Keep Off The Grass’. The first provokes memories of summer days gone by – “where was the time spent, never to seen again, lost in some young lover’s arms. If I had the chance again, there’s nothing I would change…”. Undeniably catchy with the anthemic hook line “livin’ down memory lane”, it’s sure to be a staple in their set lists for years to come. The second track ‘Keep Off The Grass’ is equally impactful, carrying great power with the rocking electric guitars combined with the fiddles; a rocking country melody that you simply won’t be able to keep still listening to. Be sure to check out the music video for this one below.

I love the next track ‘Don’t Take Much’. Starting with a real throwback honky-tonk melody with Paisley-esque electric guitar, you’re lured into a false sense of security before the high-tempo kicks in. It’s reminiscent of early Zac Brown Band classics like ‘It’s Not OK’ and ‘Sic Em On A Chicken’ – right up my street! It’s outside the box, imaginative and destined to be a big fan favourite. Then we come to ‘When I Grow Up’, which has been a huge success for them over the summer. It’s nominated for ‘Song Of The Year’ AND ‘Video Of The Year’ at the BCMAs, and it got a massive reaction at the festivals. There’s a lovely innocence and creativeness to the lyrics, combined with a chilled out, stripped-back melody that I defy any country fan not to enjoy.

Towards the end of the EP, the anthems keep on coming with ‘Miles & Miles’ which is incredibly radio-friendly and stands up well against much of the chart-dominating output from the US right now. The playful ‘Drunk?!’ completes the EP – definitely fitting for the post-midnight shenanigans of festival season! “Gonna need a doctor’s note for when the morning comes”… yep, we’ve all been there!

There’s nothing not to like about this EP – it’ll put a smile on your face and help you forget the world for a little while. As a UK country community, we should be really proud of these guys – this is great work. Roll on Summer 2019 so we can all jam out to these once again!

Dan Wharton
@LifeInASong_Dan