I have been facebook friends with Billy (only the name has been changed) for a while now. His posts are always thoughtful and his passion for music and family and friends is always paramount.
His thoughtfulness and passion translate into his music. I had a feeling that Billy would be good and his mate Jarrod is terrific too, I was just acting on gut instinct. Sadly, I don’t have the credits because I haven’t got the hard copy but from what my ears tell me, I can pick up influences and I can detect a lot of Billy in there.
Jarrod’s voice is very deep and strong and Billy’s is very sweet and rich in harmony. The ying and yang combine very well on this album. I am sure that was a conscious choice. If you listen to some of the great duets in history, Brooks and Dunn, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, they all have that balance.
The songs are a mixture of gentle country songs and those with good old reliable country music subjects: trucks, beer and love. There are obvious influences of Aussie giants, Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley plus some of the classic American country singers like Tom T Hall and Don Williams and the like, and of course Merle and Waylon. There’s even a touch of George Jones there too.
This is a country music album which sticks to its guns. It is pure country with a beautiful balance of great vocals, slick musicianship and songs that are easy to listen to and to hum to.
The songs are so playable. I have played them 5 or 6 times already. They will get plenty of spins from me. These two are gold together and alone. One of the most pleasant surprises of the year and in my top 5 so far this year of best albums.
I can’t recommend this album highly enough. This is almost a shared album, with alternate songs from the singers, but it works. A great album to mellow out to.
Here For The Beer
King of The Kenworth
Angels in the Snow
No more coming home to me
A good book and a good hook
That’s what your woman wants to hear
Like he don’t know she’s gone
Play a little country song