THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO Morgan Evans
Warner Music www.warnermusic.com.au
Keith Urban, Australian country artists making it in the United States, especially in recent times, are a rare event. However, with his second album Things That We Drink To, Morgan Evans appears to be changing that trend. The album’s first single ‘Kiss Somebody’ has already achieved widespread airplay in the US. Morgan’s second single, ‘Day Drunk’, a catchy country rock track, looks likely to surpass that feat. Surprisingly, Australian mainstream radio stations have also added it to their playlists. The title track is a big powerful ballad, ‘Dance With Me’ is a duet with Evans’ wife Kelsea Ballerini, a US country star in her own right, and the mid-paced romantic song ‘I Do’ recognises that union. A definite party album.
SONGS OF THE PLAINS Colter Wall
Thirty Tigers/Cooking Vinyl www.cookingvinylaustralia.com
Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall’s music lies on the folk side of country, as per Marty Robbins. Although still in his early ’20s, Wall’s deep vocals sound like those of a seasoned veteran. He heads for the wide open spaces on ‘Songs Of The Plain’, a song backed only by acoustic guitar and harmonica. Wall covers legendary Canadian Wilf Carter’s ‘Calgary Round-Up’ and heads to cowboy folklore country on the traditional ‘Night Herding Song’, a track with minimal backing. Wall sings of the Wild West hero ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ and his untimely death while playing poker, and embraces Canadian heritage on ‘Saskatchewan in 1881’. ‘Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail’, gives Songs Of The Plains a lively finale.