Oct 122018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Adam Hood is back with his first album since 2014’s Welcome To The Big World.  That was one of my favorite records in that year and I was eagerly anticipating his follow up when I heard it would be out this year. Somewhere In Between is a worthy follow up to his last album and it continues the great songwriting and great country songs.

There is a bit of a theme that runs through the album about small towns and small town living.  “Alabama Moon” hits at that with it’s infectious chorus longing for a lost piece of paradise. “The Weekend” is another infectious track with a smooth bass groove that will take you straight through the weekend.

“Bayou Girl” takes the listener to the bayou and small town Louisiana where the singer dreams of a small town cajun girl.  “Locomotive” is another love song that features a chugging riff in a nice country rock love song. Finally, “Real Small Town” is a folksy / Americana sounding ode to small town USA.  The imagery paints a deep picture of small towns all across the country and you can visualize the music video that would go along with this track.

Adam Hood has crafted a great follow-up to his stellar 2014 record.  He continues to be a champion for the small man while straddling the line between major artist and still playing the smaller haunts and dives.  I look forward to what the future holds for Adam Hood and hopefully, it’s not another four year wait for a new record. Somewhere In Between is out everywhere today October 12, 2018.      

Favorite Tracks : She Don’t Love Me, Alabama Moon, Bayou Girl, The Weekend, Locomotive, Real Small Town

Adam Hood – Somewhere In Between (2018)

  1. Heart Of A Queen
  2. She Don’t Love Me (Feat. Brent Cobb)
  3. Alabama Moon
  4. Downturn
  5. The Weekend
  6. Bayou Girl
  7. Easy Way
  8. Locomotive
  9. Keeping Me Here
  10. Real Small Town
  11. Confederate Rose
Oct 122018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I was first exposed to Chelsea Nolan and her music through W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show podcast.  Later on, I would see her live as one of the early acts on WB’s 5th Anniversary show. I enjoyed what I heard, but like many artists Chelsea had no recorded output that I could find to dig into after that.  Fast forward to about last week and I saw a Capture Kentucky post on Facebook about a debut release coming soon from Chelsea Nolan. I knew then I had to give it a listen and report back here on it for everyone.  I’m here to tell ya, it’s worth your time and money to check out this record, and here is why.

The album kicks off with a track called “Build A Fire”.  This track sets the mood for the rest of the record. It starts off with just Chelsea’s guitar but quickly builds into a full band country sound.  It’s a great character piece that lets you know off the bat that Chelsea Nolan is an amazing songwriter. The album goes into “Rock Bottom” which is another great example of good songwriting.  It’s a song that roasts it’s subject harshly with lines like “you’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes” and it’s a good lyrical jaunt.

The track “Sugar Hollar” is the ballad of the record and the band is stripped down for this track to really highlight the ebbs and flows of Chelsea’s voice.  It’s one of the highlights of the record. The album closes out with the mellow “If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is”. I really dig the pedal steel work on this track.

Chelsea Nolan is another part of the growing Kentucky country music scene that is spearheaded by the likes of Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.  I look forward to hearing more from her and possibly seeing her live again in the future. This album is available today and if you would like a physical copy, you can go to https://www.chelseanolanmusic.com/shop and order one there.  

Favorite Tracks : Build A Fire, Rock Bottom, Sugar Hollar, If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is

Chelsea  Nolan – chelsea. (2018)

  1. Build A Fire
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. Green Bridges
  4. Silver Line
  5. Sugar Hollar
  6. If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is
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