They say being genuine is what it takes to cut through the noise. Midway through 2017, we've seen many impressive country albums, as was listed by The Rolling Stone. But two stand out in particular: Brantley Gilbert's The Devil Don't Sleep and Charlie Worsham's Beginning of Things. You can hear the authenticity in both of these records in every note, verse, chorus, and song.
However, both albums are distinct and authentic for different reasons.
Brantley Gilbert's The Devil Don't Sleep Album
Gilbert's The Devil Don't Sleep is captivating because songs like “The Weekend" show that Brantley, a Georgia man, is still down to have a good time — but can also pivot beautifully into self-searching songs like “3 Feet of Water." These songs give great insight into his musical and artistic versitility.
Gilbert strikes an effective balance between feel-good party songs and tunes that shed light on a rawer side of his life. To drive that balance home, songs like “The Ones That Like Me" further showcase Brantley's ability to make a seemingly lighthearted song into meaningful and relatable messages. “Ain't gonna lie, I can count on both hands / my down to ride til the day I die friends… the ones that need me got me."
Charlie Worsham's Beginning of Things Album
Worsham's Beginning of Things gets its wholeheartedness and appeal from the innocent, light-hearted, and vulnerable content in the music — leaving the emphasis on the storytelling and personal ingenuity that sets country music apart. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, Worsham understands first-hand the nuanced roots of country music, and how it can reflect youthful spirit, humor, social commentary, and musings on life's tougher issues. Worsham touches all these points with playful, laid back tracks like “Lawn Chair Don't Care" and heavier tracks like “Cut Your Groove."
Other album releases that have struck a cord with country music hearts everywhere in the first half of 2017 include Chris Stapleton's From A Room, Vol. 1, Willie Nelson's God's Problem Child, Angaleena Presley's Wrangled, Lady Antebellum's Heart Break, Little Big Town's The Breaker, RaeLynn's Wildhorse, and Luke Combs' This One's For You.
Starting with Brantley Gilbert and Charlie Worsham's albums, give these awesome records a listen!