I wasn’t familiar with Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, until I received an e-mail announcing the band’s new CD would be released on Feb. 12. But I am probably one of the few that wasn’t familiar with this band. The kids have a large following and their fan-base is growing every day. Their album is called New Hometown. The name of the CD is probably a fitting title for any musician these days. A new show in a new town just about every night of the week. It probably feels to most of today’s artists that everywhere they go becomes their ‘new hometown.’
I visited the band’s web site, listened to the music, and wanted to share what I found with all of you. While I was listening to the music on the web site, I checked around the internet to find a little this group. Keep in mind, I was listening to his music while I was looking around. I was very surprised to see Pollstar list the genre’ for this group as ‘Country’. I don’t think that fits at all. At least it’s not just ‘country’. Maybe more ‘southern country,’ or ‘country rock.’ I’m not even sure – but just to say ‘country’ didn’t work for me.
I know country music is changing, and all of you know that I am a traditional country music fan. I like the old country music. And, I like new country music that sounds like old stuff. I like it a lot. I didn’t hear any of that kind of real country music with Connor Christian & Southern Gothic. That said, I do have to admit that “Sheets Down,” one of the songs on the “New Hometown” CD is definitely more country than some of the stuff I listened to on the 2009 album ‘90 Proof Lullabies.” I believe “Sheets Down” will do well on our Top 40 country stations. It seems to be what the new generation of country fans want to hear. I don’t love the song, but I really do like the song. It’s one of those songs that you like a little more every time you play it.
Vocally and musically, the band is very good. From everything I listened to – they seem to be a very diverse group. One press release said the new album features ‘18 songs of the country, roots-rock and Americana flavors for which the band has become renowned through their extensive live touring.’ I think that is probably the best description of this group’s music.
Connor is a great lead singer, who also plays guitar and piano and writes; and Elena Martin is fun to watch on fiddle. She has so much energy, and obviously a lot of talent. She also plays piano, mandolin and helps out with vocals. Jeff Spirko, who also writes, plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, and sings backup. Shawn Thacker handles drums and percussion. Bass guitarist Joe Abramson finishes out the group. Like I said, this is a very talented group of musicians.
I would have liked to heard more of the CD before I wrote this – from the little I did hear, I am sure there is a lot to like about Connor and the group. An album with 18 tracks is almost unheard of these days. It’s obvious Connor Christian & Southern Gothic are more than willing to give fans all the music they can. Here’s your track listing for “New Hometown”.
Only Need You
That Ol’ Jukebox
Hang My Head
Bound for Glory
When I’m Gone
She’s My Salvation
Back in Dixie
South Texas Sun
Watch Me Run
In addition to their web site, you can follow the band on Twitter @Connor Christian, and visit their facebook page. The web site has lots of information, show dates, bio, and merchandise. They have a lot of merchandise available, in addition to CDs. It’s a good site, and I know fans will enjoy looking through it.
I hope you will all check out their web site, listen to their music, watch some of their YouTube videos, and let me know what you think. I’m curious as to what my younger readers will think of Connor Christian & Southern Gothic.
I have a number of CDs here to review. Several are by newer artists, or artists that are at least new to me. I’ll get them up as quickly as I can. Hope you all had a great weekend!