By Joshua Wallace
Porter Union are husband and wife duo Cole and Kendra Porter. We were a big fan of their 2017 debut self titled record here at Gary Hayes Country and this new record Loved & Lost is no different. This album continues the strong traditional country sound that recalls some of the great duo records of the 70’s and 80’s. There is an honesty and real quality to the songwriting you’ll find with their ST debut and Loved & Lost that cannot be found in many of today’s albums. Loved & Lost is a more upbeat affair overall and I really dig a lot of the performances on this record.
The album has a fun opener in “We Got It Right” and this song really gives you that classic country duet feel. It’s all about how they’ve both got things wrong before so many times they know when something is right. It’s a fun and upbeat country jam with two amazing performances. Another favorite performance on this album is “River”. Cole Porter is great on this track about the typical southern small town that has seen better days. Kendra has a similarly great moment with “Laundry”. It’s a stripped down track about a woman discovering her significant other is cheating on her by doing the laundry. The song is clever in that it takes a lot of common relationship issues about a woman doing everything and not feeling appreciated at the same time and she makes a discovery that changes everything. Finally, “Curb Appeal” features a guest vocalist in Kayla Ray on a fun song about how things aren’t always how they seem. I particularly love the pedal steel solo on this track.
While their debut album featured slower tracks, this new record Loved & Lost finds Porter Union picking things up with more upbeat songs. I love that this duo is switching things up on this record. If you wish to support Porter Union, you can find their website here and buy merchandise directly from them. Loved & Lost is available everywhere as of March 06th, 2020.
Favorite Tracks : We Got It Right, River, Pennies, Laundry, Curb Appeal, Where Are You
Porter Union – Loved & Lost (2020)
- We Got It Right
- Loved & Lost
- Leave As Lovers
- To Have and To Hold
- That’s The Spirit
- I’ve Got You Covered
- Banded Together
- Curb Appeal (feat. Kayla Ray)
- Looking For Love
- Where Are You