So I was facebooking (is that even a word?) away one afternoon, when someone tagged me in a post referring to Canaan Smith’s new single, “Love You Like That”, and instantly, I was turned off. The sounds of the cliché lyrics and pop music burned into my brain. As I scrambled to find something that would put the fire out, I found “Virginia” by Whiskey Myers. Refreshing, not cliché, southern sound with lyrics as cool as a drink of grandma’s sweet tea. Then I got to thinking, “Ya know what, people need to listen to this band. They need to listen to them and a handful of other artists.” So, here I am, writing this blog, listing artists that are ORIGINAL. Artists that stick to what they believe in.
I found Corey Smith a few years ago, searching through the depths of YouTube, getting lost in endless amounts of indie artists that need to be heard but never will. “F**K The PoPo”, the ever so popular song about a night with the JPD. Corey isn’t your typical country artist, in fact, I wouldn’t even consider him country. He is his own genre and it’s amazing. Endless amounts of songs that he has come out with. From “21” to “Maybe Next Year” to “I’m Not Gonna Cry”, this guy is just flat-out awesome. Do yourself a favor and check him out. It will definitely be a breath of fresh air compared to what you are listening to now on the radio.
Someone introduced me to this band a while back, and their sound just stopped me dead in my tracks. “Ballad Of A Southern Man”, is probably my favorite song by them. The lyrics to that song are ones that hit home completely. “I still fly that southern flag, whistling Dixie loud enough to brag, and i know all the words to Simple Man, i guess that something you don understand. Pledge my allegiance the original way, saying Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays…” They aren’t afraid to tell you who they are. We need more of that in today’s music.
The Cadillac Three
Originally known as Cadillac Black, the band is known for their southern rock roots. They are currently signed with Big Machine Label Group, but they haven’t had that push that most mainstream artists get from the big labels. Still, they produce their own sound, one that is not featured on the radio too often. They had singles out last year, both “The South” and “Party Like You” got a push on the radio, but didn’t get as high as you would think they would get. Both songs are fantastic, as well as some of their other songs. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out.
After releasing his debut album last year, Daniel Lee has done nothing but go up. New single “Head Over Heels” is nothing but refreshing. Lyrics that aren’t cliché, but deliver the message. A sound that is something you are not hearing on the radio right now. Lee has been all over the place, performing at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee to being featured on Colt Ford’s latest title track, “Thanks For Listening”. The sky is the limit for this young Georgia native, and I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.
This last artist isn’t like any other artist that I have come across. Now, before I continue, when I was introduced to his “style” of music, I had this feeling that I won’t going to like it. I won’t sold on the idea of “rap” in country music, granted I was a fan of rap music, and I loved Dirt Road Anthem, but one listen and I was sold, stick a fork in me. This guy has it, his rhymes are real, his lyrics are true, and his music comes from within, it’s not fabricated. I know that some people won’t like it, but as long as one person does, Farley has done his job.
So there you have it, five artists that I feel you SHOULD listen to. Feel free to add to the list in the comments below. Also don’t forget to like Country Underground on Facebook. Below are the artists’ Facebook pages, go like them and tell them Country Underground sent ya!!