Sturgill Simpson is frequently described as a traditional country musician, holding close to the way country music used to be, before the addition of fluff, gloss and glitter.
The force is strong with Sturgill Simpson -- the force of hard-core country music, a la Waylon Jennings and George Jones, that is.
When George Jones passed away in April, Jay Farrar posted this about him on Son Volt's Facebook page: "George Jones epitomized the spirit of country music. He represented the Honky Tonk zeitgeist like no other." Farrar did Jones' legacy proud last night as Son Volt brought its own unique version of honky tonk -- the apropos title of the band's new album -- to a packed house of adoring fans.
Amanda Cevallos may have Latin roots and may have been a VJ for a Latin music video show, but her sound is all Texas roadhouse.
It's true. Hard times beget hard times. But hard times also beget country music -- real country music, not the pop schlock that occupies a seat on the Voice.
Son Volt's "Honky Tonk" calls on inspiration drawn directly from the heartlands of America and takes on a much more classic approach to their alternative-country craft.
There was a time when country music was the music of the common folks, telling their stories of broken hearts, hard times and redemption.