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Childers, Tyler - country squire [2019]
Der aus dem U.S.-Bundesstaat Kentucky stammende Tyler Childers ist nach seinem viel beachteten 2017er Debut "Purgatory" so etwas wie das zur Zeit "heißeste Eisen" unter den Countryfans und -experten, sowohl was die Mainstream Country-Fraktion, als auch die Liebhaber des Alternate Country oder Indie Country betrifft. Völlig zu Recht, wie wir finden, denn Childers grandioses Songmaterial ist vor allem eins: Pur Country durch und durch. Oder wie die Amerikaner sagen: "Country Music to it's core"! Für den Mainstream ist das so etwas wie die immer mal wieder beschworene "Rettung der Countrymusic", für die Vertreter des Alternate Country ist diese Musik trotz aller wunderbaren Melodien immer noch rau, kantig und erdig genug, niemals überproduziert. Dafür sorgt vor allem auch das hervorragende Produzenten-Team, bestehend aus Sturgill Simpson und David Ferguson. Outlaw Country, purer Honky Tonk, grassiger Country, angerockter Country, folkiger Country - alles wird geboten, und zwar auf höchstem, musikalischen Niveau. Keine Frage, Tyler Childers ist aktuell einer der spannendsten und talentiertesten Countrykünstler überhaupt. Ein vortreffliches, erstklassiges, wohltuend aus dem die Charts überflutenden "Einheitsbrei" herausragendes Album!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Tyler Childers is the greatest artist in country music at the moment, mainstream or independent, on the radio off, major label or otherwise. And soon, if there is any justice in this ragged old life, the rest of the world will know this to be true as well. Tyler’s new album Country Squire should be a breakthrough achievement, and is everything you hoped and wanted from his major label debut, despite the worry that washed over many faces due to the early songs released from the record, and noisy naysayers who are always quick to turn coat against anything that becomes popular.
Country Squire is country music to its core. Country Squire is a collection of songs worthy of critical acclaim. Country Squire may be the high water for the career of Tyler Childers thus far, only fair to question due to the quality of his last record Purgatory and his previous releases as well. Country Squire feels like an achievement and a victory for independent country fans. But whatever you do, don’t call it Americana.
In some ways the release of Country Squire presented a trap for Tyler Childers and his long time fans. When expectations range so high like they did for this record, letdown becomes a very real possibility regardless of the quality of the eventual release, if it’s not outright inevitable. If you consume everything “Tyler Childers” you can get your hands on, including fan videos from recent concerts, then you’ve probably already heard or seen most or all of the songs from Country Squire before, and may have fallen in love with those earlier versions, raw and in the live context. Since Tyler Childers became a headliner so quickly and has been touring so hard, he dipped into his new material pretty deep ahead of this release.
Then of course you have the diehards and purists who allow their opinions to putrefy on anything that emanates from a major label or can be construed as “popular.” Those people can kiss off of course, but their opinion sharing can additionally cloud the public’s judgement on and impending release. And none of this delves into the two songs released ahead of Country Squire—the energetic, but simple and straightforward “House Fire” where Tyler’s vocals sounded a little too down in the mix, and the highly questionable production all the way around of “All Your’n.” Even some of the psychedelic and drug imagery preceding the release was off putting to some, swinging their opinions on this record from highly anticipated, to expecting to be let down.
Five seconds into Country Squire, and not only are all your worries resolved, all is right in the country music world. The raw Kentucky sound and songwriting fills your ear canals like supple graces of angelic manna. The authenticity drips from the tracks. The instrumentation is adept, but steeped in that raw, mountain music sound that is true to Tyler Childers. This record is even more Kentucky than Tyler’s previous record Purgatory, if that’s possible.
That’s not to say Country Squire is without imagination and inventiveness though, or is unwilling to take a few risks. The record presents itself as a “song cycle,” meaning it’s meant to be heard as a cohesive unit, cover to cover, and in the order the tracks are presented to stimulate the synchronous and immersive experience its creators intended. With Sturgill Simpson as producer along with David Ferguson, you shouldn’t be surprised at this outcome. Of course anyone can run track times together and employ some instrumental interludes between songs. It takes mastery and imagination to pull it off well. Country Squire is graced with that enviable attribute, making it hard to not lose yourself in this record.
Everyone who was drawing negative conclusions from the first couple of songs released—despite the warnings by Saving Country Music and others—should be happy to admit their trepidation was presumptive. Nobody in the record business these days seems to know how to pick the best songs from albums for pre-release. Sure, taken autonomously, “All Your’n” still feels like somewhat of an anomaly , and along with “House Fire,” they might present the two weakest tracks on the entire record. But in the context of the album itself, both are more forgivable, or understandable, or maybe even advantageous because they help build some texture into an otherwise very country record.
The scratchy, distressed production of Country Squire will still turn some off, and audiophiles will probably find something to complain about in the mix and mastering phase of this effort as they always do. But the approach also fits the raw and live aspect of the Tyler Childers sound. You don’t just hear these songs, you feel them, you smell them. They’re dripping in goat’s blood, brought down from the holler in a stolen station wagon, were stored away in the crawlspace under a singewide where the methheads can’t find them until they were ready to be revealed. They come from Tyler’s “country squire” … humble, but proud, and riddled with character like buckshot to the back of a rural stop sign.
But it all comes down to the songs. That is why we’re here talking about Tyler Childers. Not Sturgill Simpson nor anyone else could ruin these songs even if they wanted to, any anyone who allows names they don’t like to get in the way of music they should is failing as a music fan. True authenticity is a myth in modern country music … until you hear Tyler Childers. If you don’t like this record, you don’t like country music.
The era of bellyaching about the inequity that independent-minded artists face in country music is not over just yet, but it continues to be significantly compromised due to the success of artists like Tyler Childers. No longer can their contributions be scoffed at as inconsequential when they’re selling out tours and topping album charts, often testing and even besting the sales impact of many mainstream Music Row upstarts to the point that when the major labels do come calling, your favorite independent country artists can sign a deal on their own terms, keeping their creative license, and walking away with a handsome stack of cash.
Placing the burden of “country music savior” on the shoulders of anyone is presumptive an unfair. It was unfair and presumptive when some assigned that to Sturgill Simpson. But unquestionably, Tyler Childers and an album like Country Squire go a long way in the effort to help save country music. (Trigger Coroneos / SavingCountryMusic.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Country Squire - 3:21
2. Bus Route - 3:07
3. Creeker - 5:01
4. Gemini - 2:32
5. House Fire - 3:53
6. Ever Lovin' Hand - 4:38
7. Peace of Mind - 4:42
8. All Your'n - 3:38
9. Matthew - 4:13

Art-Nr.: 9858
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Noe, Ian - between the country [2019]
Wundervoll! HInreißendes Debut-Album des jungen Singer-Songwriters Ian Noe aus dem kleinen Örtchen Beattyville im U.S.-Bundesstaat Kentucky, bei dem nicht nur die Experten, sondern auch die Fans des Genres ins Schwärmen geraten. Von Meister-Produzent Dave Cobb (u. a. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) brilliant in Szene gesetzt, gelingt Noe eine Anzahl von faszinierenden Songs zwischen Country, Countryrock, Roots, Americana, Storyteller-Mentalität und natürlichen Folk-Elementen, in denen er großartige Geschichten zu erzählen hat, die er dabei mit seinen exzellenten Begleitmusikern in ganz feinen Melodien einbindet. Manchmal fühlt man sich an die alten Byrds erinnert, dann an den großen John Prine, in einigen folkigen Momenten an den frühen Bob Dylan (nur gesanglich ist Noe deutlich schöner, nicht so "spröde"), aber auch an den bereits erwähnten Chris Stapleton oder den momentan sehr aufstrebenden und im Rampenlicht stehenden Tyler Childers. Trotz all dieser genannten Bezüge hat Noe ein ganz eigenes Profil, eine völlig eigene, musikalische Identität. Herrlich beispielsweise der traumhafte, countryrockige Ohrwurm "Irene (Ravin' bomb) mit tollen Background Vocals von Savannah Conley", das flockige, in einem feinen Retro-Ambiente inszenierte, von wunderbaren Byrds-mässigen Gitarren umgebene, traumhaft melodische "Barbara's song", oder die faszinierend schöne Outlaw-Ballade "Letter to Madeline". Bei diesem Album gibt es nicht die Spur einer Schwachstelle. Ein geradezu meisteliches Debut! Ein Americana-Highlight des Jahres! "A star on the rise"!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Ian Noe’s new album Between the Country is a masterful piece of work. Every lyric, phrase of the guitar, and every bit of emotionally delivered line is quite simply, perfect. If one had the ability to plan one’s career from 30 years down the road, this would be the first album that you’d make to start off a lifetime of songwriting.
The album was recorded in Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb whose work with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Isbell, to name a few, has either earned him nominations or won him AMA, Grammy, or Music Row awards in a variety of categories. Dave also plays guitar on the album that additionally features Adam Gardner on bass and organ piano, Chris Powell on drums and percussion, and Savannah Conley, who absolutely adds gold on back up vocals to each song she appears on. It will be out on the Thirty Tigers label and rounds out a great combination of musicians and record label to push Ian into the next level of his musical career, which I believe this masterpiece will do.
In the same way Norman Rockwell used his paintbrush to create his 1942 painting of the perfect family diner, Ian paints a similar, modern image with his songwriting for “Irene”. I’m hesitant to call it the dysfunctional version of Rockwell’s “Freedon from Want” because Ian’s version seems more like the new traditional family. Many of the themes Ian uses may be prevalent in his home state of Kentucky, but even in rural Iowa, we all share similar experiences and struggles.
“Barbera’s Song” sounds like it could have been pulled from a b side of a Byrd’s album with lyrics written on the porch of Big Pink in Woodstock. It’s the only song on the album that strikes me as different from the rest but, wonderfully done. It tells the story of a 1904 train crash that puts you right inside the tragic wreck but with an infectious melody that you just can’t get out of your head.
Much is spotlighted about Ian’s inclusion of the rampant drug problems that reach into every corner of the country, but his ability to reach into the humanity of the drug issue is striking. In “Junk Town” he narrates from the inside as the “Meth Head” that struggles to “keep away those cold sweat fears” while realizing “…I wish I was leaving to find another fate, and all the while knowing where I’ll die.”
“Meth Head” takes a harder outside narrative approach, and may be using those same characters from “Junk Town”, to tell the story from a different approach. It paints the epidemic like a zombie movie with lines like “you can’t kill her she’s already dead” and the third verse that says “It’ll be dark pretty soon. They love to lurk by the moon. So I’m out back shoveling the dirt. I’m gonna dig me a hole as deep as I can go. And when they fall, I’m gonna cover em up.”
Ian does a fantastic job of switching his narrative from modern lyrics and settings to the frontier, gun fights, fighting against the elements, and nods at true love. It’s as earthly and real as a diary lifted from a covered stage coach while maintaining the relevancy of the local news. For a guy on the cusp of 30 trips around the sun, Ian has a gift for writing, and an ability to paint a picture that lands him among any of the songwriting legends that you may want to compare him with.
“Letter to Madeline”, “Loving You,” the title track “Between the Country,” and the powerful “Dead on the River (Rolling Down)” are deliberately paced and somber while “That Kind of Life” and “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” have a slight up tempo, positive, feel. Ian’s style of writing and delivery make it difficult to explain because the sincerity of each line, no matter the subject of the song, touch you and haunt you long after the last notes are played. I can only suggest that you grab it and settle in to realize that there was music before Between the Country, but, how much of it you go back to after hearing these 10 tracks may surprise you. (Jeremy Glazier / Americana Highways)

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Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Irene (Ravin' Bomb) - 3:58
2. Barbara's Song - 3:25
3. Junk Town - 4:21
4. Letter to Madeline - 4:29
5. Loving You - 2:17
6. That Kind of Life - 3:20
7. Dead on the River (Rolling Down) - 5:06
8. If Today Doesn't Do Me In - 3:57
9. Meth Head - 4:11
10. Between the Country - 2:39

Art-Nr.: 9835
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Irene (ravin' bomb)
Barbara's song
Junk town
Letter to Madeline
This kind of life
Meth head
Between the country

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