Sunny Sweeney is unafraid to tackle heaviness in her finely-crafted classic country-style songs—in the grand tradition of women like Loretta Lynn, who weren’t afraid to take someone to “fist city,” Sweeney sings of the choice to make a career instead of a family, drunken naughtiness, and substance abuse. In the title track (and album standout), Sweeney goes head to head with her man’s ex—“Yeah, he’s got a trophy now, for puttin’ up with with you,” she sings in her sassy Southern drawl. Get your twangy fix with this gem.
We’re so enamored with Scott H. Biram’s dark Americana style; his road-worn vocals and whip-smart storytelling are right at home around the campfire or in the midst of a dancehall shuffle. His latest (and 10th!) album, The Bad Testament, out February 24th via Bloodshot Records, has its share of balladry, but is complete with whoops and hollers, swampy fuzz, and chugging harmonica—gritty in all the best ways.
With his new album, Dirty Wonder, Tennessee-by-way-of West Texas troubadour K Phillips embodies the sound and style of the Lone Star state; each song is a diverse showcase of his facets, between honky tonk piano numbers, country rockers, and pedal steel-laced cowboy tunes, you can almost feel the dusty desert heat radiating through the speakers.