I know you like your music. The key word there is “your.” Some folks are set in their ways, bound and determined that no new tunes will permeate their musical bubble.
Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t love your music, the stuff you grew up with, the classics, the oldies, whatever. But every now and again, a new voice should catch your ear and hopefully, you’ll become a fan of someone you’d never listened to before.
So, along with your tried and true tunes and artists, here are two to listen to, too:
Kasey Anderson–This one is a no-brainer for me. I’ve been listening to Anderson for years, but the highlight of my tenure as a KYSPORTSGUY came when, on a whim, I emailed Kasey about doing an interview for our radio show. (You can find it on ITunes, show 13. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ky-sports-guys/id1116200112?mt=2&i=1000384573709)
During the interview, Kasey enlightened us on his songwriting philosophy, based on a Bruce Springsteen axiom that a song has a “best line”. According to Anderson, the trick is working your way to and subsequently out of the song’s best lyric.
And Anderson has a ton of great lyrics.
He’s also a great performer in the sense that he can carry a show with an acoustic and (maybe) a harmonica. His rough voice is reminiscent of a young, “Exit O” Steve Earle, and, buddy, that ain’t a bad thing.
Whether you’re looking for rawer rock with distortion and feedback or solo, stripped-down acoustic, Kasey Anderson will deliver. Check him out, first on our show, then on your music provider.
Tyler Childers–I feel like I’m late to the Tyler Childers party. But now, I’m here and couldn’t be happier about it.
This gravely voiced singer/songwriter from Louisa, Kentucky reminds me of Townes Van Zandt meets Chris Knight, with a little Ralph Stanley thrown in. (I welcome your comparisons in the comments section below.)
One listen to “Follow You to Vergie” left me immediately searching for more. And YouTube delivered.
And I was floored by the honest, graphic portrayal of human suffering and empathy that Childers related. Small town Kentucky spilled out with startling authenticity, often harsh and brutal, but always real.
I’ve got a recommendation for you:
Spend some time Friday night checking out Kasey Anderson. Fall down a YouTube rabbit hole with the Portland artist. Partake of the stories and the emotion.
Then, follow that up with a Saturday session of Tyler Childers. Enjoy the raw honesty of Eastern Kentucky told through the eyes of a native.
When you’re done, repeat either or both on Sunday and throughout the week. You’ll be glad you did.