One of the greatest joys in my life is finding new music to listen to and sharing it with people. Over the course of this year, I have poured my heart into discovering more music that wasn’t easily found by listening to mainstream radio. Thanks to Spotify and Twitter I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with incredibly talented men and women who write far better than what is delivered by the top 40’s. One of those artists has been Drew Kennedy and it’s been so fun listening to his music over the last few months and falling in love with his lyrics (and Rose of Jericho because I’m also a BIG fan of Lori McKenna). He is also one of the most personable people on Twitter and is quick to respond to fans who reach out to him. Fortunately for me, I was lucky enough to be given his new album At Home in the Big Lonesome a bit early.
In a previous review of Turnpike’s latest album release I mentioned that there was one album that was due out in November that I thought would rival it for my favorite of the year. That album was Drew Kennedy’s. From everything that I had heard from it, I knew that it was going to be fantastic even before hearing the whole thing. I was certainly right in my prediction because all 11 tracks blow me away. He’s one of the best story-tellers in the business and I’m still taken aback that more people haven’t found his music (and if you did know about it and didn’t share it with me, then shame on you).
As someone who has given much attention to Drew’s music for some time now, I love seeing him mature and grow as artist with each of his albums. At Home in the Big Lonesome is by far my favorite. It’s been blasting from my speakers since I got a hold of it. I’m particularly loving Scratch and Dent, Cream and Sugar, House and Jackson. With every song I feel each word, every story. On Open Road I envision driving down a long, barren Texas highway with the windows down or sitting on the front porch relaxing to Walnut Street (originally by Walt Wilkins). I feel the rush and excitement of falling for someone while listening to 24 Hours in New York City. It takes incredible talent to provide such a detailed story in each song but, this album does it flawlessly. It takes you places that you didn’t know you could go just by listening and it’s so Drew Kennedy. But, a Drew that may be a little bit wiser and one that continues to refine this art.
To say that this is an album you need to listen to is an understatement. His entire discography is worth the listen/ purchase etc. At Home in the Big Lonesome will be available 11/3 and can be purchased here or you can see him live and pick it up at a show, which is always my preference.
Update: adding the link to the video for Open Road that was JUST RELEASED. Check it out.