Is there anything better than a great music compilation? Before the internet, a compilation of various artists was a great way to discover new artists and bands. However there’s an art to putting together an album’s worth of music that doesn’t have you hitting the skip button. The terrific collection of country delicacies put together by the BWH Music Group – Keepin’ It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists shows the independent side to a sound that is currently dominating the charts worldwide, and platforms like Spotify, where almost 50 percent of all numbers are monopolized by Country music alone.
What’s defined as country music has changed over the years, but the core essentials remain – it’s emotional and powerful, it’s catchy and fun. It’s songs to sing to and songs to cry to. And now it’s all on one single album!
Disregarding all the old-hat stars that we know and love, but are probably just a little tired of, it’s hard to keep up with the genre’s meandering routes, and especially the new protagonists of this evolving sound.
Country music today is a melting pot of styles, attitudes, and boundaries made to be crossed over, and it’s all on BWH Music Group’s Keepin’ It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, which contains a perfectly assorted mix of 17 songs by today’s best independent country artists and songwriters. From traditional, to pop, rock, blues and contemporary-tinged country music, this compilation album has it all.
Here’s a quick look at the playlist of artists, whom you may or may not have heard of yet, but whose music you will most certainly love:
- One of Them Nights – Americana singer-songwriter Wyatt Hull was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show and a writer for the critically acclaimed hit television series “Breaking Bad.”
- Every Bartender In This Town Knows My Name – Frank Migliorelli &The Dirt Nappers have been hailed as “undoubtedly talented musicians who write classic, timeless songs flavored with pop, rock and roots that you’ll want to listen on repeat.”
- Burn It To The Ground – Canadian artist Sohayla Smith won the 2018 Clouzine International Music Award for “Best Country Recording” with this song.
- I Don’t Wanna Talk Right Now – Hunter and the Wick’d is a Southern California based Americana duo made up of Miri Hunter and Thom Merrick.
- Ask My Daddy – A prolific recording artist, Angelica Cassidy also has an impressive career as an actress working in film, television, and theater.
- Men In The House – Harrison Country is an Americana group based in Annapolis, Maryland. Members include Don, Karen and Amy Harrison, Jennie Harrison Young and Lexi White.
- Bad Love Pain – RW “Ray William” Roldan has recorded with famed musicians like Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams), John J.T. Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Rick Shea (Dave Alvin, Rosie Perez), Bruce Watson (Rod Stewart / Foreigner), Chuck Kavooras, Brad Cobb (Tori Amos), and David Chamberlain (Roy Buchanan, Manhattan Transfer).
- Can’t Go Back – Singer-songwriter Bill Abernathy is a pure lyrics first writer and a gripping storyteller; his music grows from the seeds of experience.
- Voodoo – Almost An Artist is a film composer, independent recording artist and a multi-instrumentalist. He plays everything in the kitchen sink including guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, clarinet and the GuitarViol (a one-of-a-kind hybrid that closely resembles a violin in timbre).
- No Particular Blues – Steve Bonham and The Long Road features Steve Bonham who has been described as “the songwriter’s songwriter” along with Chris ‘The Bishop’ Lydon on piano and tuba (Liz Green and Beth Chapin-Carpenter), ‘The Big Man’ Kev Moore on bass, guitar and drums (Christie, Saxon and Witchcross) and ‘Long’ John Humphreys on guitar, resonator, banjo and fiddle.
- Workin’ – Award-winning, singer-songwriter Billy Ray Deiz has written and published dozens of songs.
- Streets of Any Town – Kate Magdalena is a recording artist and songwriter from San Francisco. She wrote “Streets of Any Town” in response to a conversation with a homeless man on Nashville’s honky-tonk street, Broadway.
- What Would You Do For Love? – Natalie Jean is an internationally acclaimed, award winning, multi-nominated singer-songwriter, performer and voting member of the GRAMMY’s.
- Frozen – Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Bryan Joon immigrated to Connecticut when he was six months old. From a young age, he studied music theory and voice.
- I’d Rather Stand Alone – Playful, intriguing and empowering describe how this captivating artist connects with her audience. Chakra Bleu has released nine albums to date.
- One Breath Away – A 2019 Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Richard Lynch’s authentic and traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, barn building and farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue-collar, country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into countless chart-topping hits.
- Broken Guitar Man – Todd Barrow is a 2017 Akademia Award winner for Best Country Album and a 2016 recipient of a PRSA Award of Excellence. Todd recently headlined at John Schneider’s Bo’s Extravaganza along with other extraordinary artists