The Dugger Band, comprised of brothers Jordan and Seth Dugger (along with Paul David), will release their new album on Feb. 16. This is one of those albums that makes me really happy that I do what I do – because I already have my copy. I get to listen, and I get to tell you all about it.
I live in East Tennessee, so this is a band I am very familiar with. I have seen them on stage at both the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., where they opened for Craig Morgan, and at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn., where they were the headliners. Their music is very good, their show is energetic, and they are definitely entertaining. It’s no surprise that the album is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It’s the kind of CD that you pop into your player, listen for a few seconds, and think ‘it can’t get much better than this’. But, it does.
The album will give listeners a lot of what they are used to hearing these days, fiddle and guitar riffs along with synth swells and electric organ; and, you can hear the sounds that influenced the Dugger Band, including Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Brad Paisley. They’ve put it all together in a way that when you combine all of that – you come out with something different and new.
“We combined the tried and true traditional with the new modern in music composition. We wanted each of the songs to take the listener somewhere different-on an emotional journey; we wrote each song with that very intent. EAST TENNESSEE SON spotlights our flair for contemporary country production, sense of humor and the storylines appeal to listeners of all ages.”
The album starts off with “Warning Label”. The duo said, “Sometimes, we become so blinded by infatuation, or love, that it makes us more courageous, or foolish, and motivates us to break out of our comfort zone; toxic emotions move us to act, or react, differently by the magnetism of a woman who’s “extremely dangerous.” That’s the storyline. This is our “John Deere Green” / “I dont’ Dance” song”.
After the first song, you get “East Tennessee Son”. This is really one of the best song I’ve heard in a very long time. It doesn’t just touch me, because I live in this area. The song has lyrics that are going to touch everyone, no matter whre they are from. It seems to dig deep inside of you and make you appreciate where you are from. Whiile the lyrics paint a picture, not only of the Smoky Mountains and towns below them, the song lets you know that you would be comfortable and welcome. I think almost anyone, from anywhere is going to be able to relate to the story.
“For The Girl” is the third song on this six-track CD. It’s a ballad. It’s pretty. It has that ‘today’s country’ sound which is somehow perfectly blended with the ‘classic country’ sound that is missing from so many of our younger artists. “This is a song about a girl who sees the best in her man, and he can’t believe he’s the ‘lucky on’. Our favorite lyric in this song is: ‘seeing something that I can’t when she looks into my eyes.” It’s probably the most romantic tune we’ve written”. This might be a good place to mention that Jordan and Seth Dugger had a part in co-writing every song on this new album.
Living in a time when everything has to have a hash tag, “#doitforthestory” is the perfect title for a song about living in this era of selfies, trending, and making memories. Country music is all about the story, and like all of the Dugger Band songs, this one is telling a story.
Jordan and Seth said the same thing about “Postcard” that I would have said. “This is a sing-along song”. While there were a few on the album I might have wanted to sing along with, I think this is the one that makes it almost impossible to keep quiet while it plays.
They finish up with “One Track Mind” – To tell you about this one, I really need to use the press release that came alone with my copy of the CD. “This up-tempo, dancehall throwback depicts a playful, perfect “uh-oh” with a 70s pop groove and Partridge Family “Get Happy” harmonies. It’s one of those ‘there’s nothing not to like about this song’ songs.
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