You know, Country & Western!
This ain't your Dad's country music. It's your Granddad's! None of that new Nashville bullshit either. This is where you'll find what I consider the best in Country (Classic and Alt), Folk, and Americana.
As I mentioned last week, I really dig this album. Not just because he follows me either. Honestly, I don’t know much about Nick (I’m not on the publicist lists…yet) other than what I’ve gleaned from the internets so it wasn’t until I matched his facebook profile against his tumblr icon that I put my online communities together. Here’s what I’ve learned from: Nick is Canadian. He’s played in a handful of bands – notably as the bass player in The Burning Hell. This is his first album.
Unlike some other guys who talk about their feelings, Nick doesn’t let his get in the way of the songs. He hits on angst, honesty, anger, and the music reflects his mood; Free Man, Switzerland plays grittier to reflect the injustice he incurred at the hands of the Swiss cops.
Then there’s a good old done me wrong by the river song and good old spouse killing song. Heck, Køllnischer Park is the only song that doesn’t work for me. Overall, this stands up tall to the twang test. You could write a whole album with an intro like the one on Story’s Long, Story’s Old and I’d be in hog heaven.
You know what I want with this? Liner notes. I want to know who the awesome steel player is. I want to know the stories behind the songs. That’s it, I’m building a spotify app for liner notes + high res album art. I also really want Nick to play with my pals in Minneapolis, The Roe Family Singers. I think they’d compliment each other well.
With 8 great songs out of 9, this album stands at 88.8% or an 89/100. B+. Pretty excellent for a first album.
Nick Ferrio & His Feelings - Always Searching
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the song of September. It’s a love song and a LOVE song.
Really digging the whole album so far.