Sean Kelly

Redneck Hipster and radio air personality. In other words, a smart a$$ who talks a lot but doesn't say much.

May 242012

All over the internets you can find those that are unhappy with the Country music you hear coming out of the radio. Although there is some debate how large the group is, there is no doubt they are vocal. Just hang around for any length of time if you don’t believe me. If you fall into this group, AM Country Heaven is a must have for your collection.

Instead of straddling the fence, as many country artists do, and putting out an album with a classic country “feel”, Jason has gone head first into recreating classic country. There is no updating the sound here. From the start you are transported back to the 70s.

The CD opens with the title track, which can only be described as the ultimate song for the country disenfranchised. Inspired by a line from a guy after a show in Luckenbach, TX, who said, “Welcome to Hill Country, home of AM country heaven and FM country hell,” it laments the death of traditional country and condemns the rise of pop country.

After venting his frustration, Jason moves on for the rest of the album to more typical traditional country topics: hard times, hard drinkin’, and hard love. “Old Guitar” sounds like it could have come from any Waylon album. “Longer Walk in the Rain” could easily fit into Keith Whitley’s catalog. And on “Paid My Dues”, when Jason sings, “Maybe it’s the cocaine, maybe it’s the pills, maybe it’s the habits, maybe it’s the bills,” it doesn’t take a large leap to imagine Hank Sr. singing that same line. One of the highlights of the CD is an outstanding duet with Patty Loveless, “Man on a Mountain”. Jason’s breathy twang flows easily with Patty’s iconic vocals, which are as strong as ever.

It’s clear from listening to this CD Jason’s love for old country runs deep. To be able write songs so uniquely true to the history of country music, Jason must know that history inside and out. And for those who deeply love that history, it is a relief to know that there are young musicians who love that history as well. There is hope that it won’t fade away.

Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
Jason Eady – Man On A Mountain
Jason Eady – Paid My Dues

Jason Eady’s Official Site, Jason Eady on Facebook, Jason Eady on Spotify, Buy AM Country Heaven

Mar 122012

Autopsy IV Note: Shooter’s new album, Family Man, is set to be released tomorrow and he has a lot on tap for promotion. Our man Sean clues you into it all:

Upcoming Shooter Jennings TV appearances:

3/13:     Tonight Show with Jay Leno
4/10:     Late Show with David Letterman
4/11:     Imus in the Morning
4/12:     The View (The View? Seriously? Does this qualify for cries of “sellout”?)


Shooter is also hitting the road for a swing through the midwest this month.

3/17: Magical Misdemeanor Tour kicks off w/ Cody Canada & The Departed

3/18: Longview, TX – The Levee
3/21: Ruston, LA – Rabb’s Steakhouse
3/22: Denton, TX – Rockin Rodeo
3/23: Tulsa, OK – Cains
3/24: Wichita, KS – Cotillion
3/26: St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
3/28: Minneapolis, MN-The Cabooze
3/30: Chicago, IL -Joe’s
3/31: Dubuque, IA -Miss Moon Bar

Jan 192012

Outlaw country is all about doing the best you can with what you were dealt in life. No excuses. No regrets. In that way Hellbound Glory and their self-described “scumbag country” are the archetype of the modern (upper-case) Outlaw movement. Compared to the current crop of Nashville (lower-case) “outlaws”, Hellbound Glory has a look and sound that makes you believe that, even if they may have not personally lived the life in their songs, they very likely have been close to someone who has. They describe the life of those on the lower end of the economic spectrum with intimate detail without resorting to cliches and stereotypes (cough…BrantleyAldean…cough).

From start to finish, the characters in Damaged Goods are people that are easy to relate to. Like many of us, they are trying their best to make the most of their lives, but despite their efforts they seem destined to fail. At times they fight the inevitable to their last breath (“Knocked off That Horse”), other times they accept it and enjoy the ride (“Bastard Child”, “Till the Lights Go Out”). But in the end, they realize that no matter the situation you were born in to, what you do with it is your own choice and within your own control (“You Better Hope You Die Young”).

As with Hellbound Glory’s previous releases, musically they are once again very solid. They let their musicianship shine on the more lighthearted, uptempo romps, but keep it subdued on the ballads. Lyrically, they paint such vivid portraits you can almost smell the stale beer and burnt crack. Not to mention they wrote one of my favorite lines of the year: “If your gone I’ll be a goner/I’m gonna hit the ground like a shot down B-2 bomber” (“Gonna Be a Goner”)

This isn’t the type of country you’re gonna hear on your urban, soccer mom listening, mini van driving, corporate controlled, mega-Clear Cumulus radio station.  And that’s a good thing.  Listening to country-lite helps keep the masses off the Valium. Keep the real stuff for those of us that can handle it.

Definitely Essential Listening.

Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child
Hellbound Glory – Gonna Be A Goner
Hellbound Glory – Knocked Off The Horse

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