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JEREMY STEDING – A DAMN GOOD RIDE

A Damn Good Ride

I like free music and I think that’s a given for most folks here but the caveat is that music is not like sex or pizza. When music is bad it’s not still good whether it’s free or not. Jeremy Steding’s music is not bad. In fact it’s damn good and both his albums are available for free on his website. He’s pretty new to the Red Dirt scene. I discovered him listening to Radio Free Texas and was intrigued. So I dropped his website and was even impressed to find both of his albums available fro free. The best part is that the boy is good at what he does.

The title track of this Red Dirt Music album starts with a salute to The Old Crow Medicine show and has a zydeco groove that’ll make you want to swing your baby ’round the dance floor if you are so inclined. That’s not the only hat tip on the album. Let the Boys Drink Whiskey is a nod to the deep Irish roots in country music and the chorus is reminiscent, in spirit, of Cory Branan’s Sour Mash. Not afraid of showing his honky tonk roots The Sand Panther Medicine Show takes us back to a better time musically while the lyrics keep us right here today with all the ills modern life has to give and offers us a cure for our ills. Closing the album is a country ballad that could have followed Eddie Rabbit’s classic Drivin’ My Life Away on the radio so many years ago and let me assure you this a complete album all the way around.

Overall this is a solid country album that you might have missed is you weren’t looking for it. I would say get off your ass and buy it but since you can surf on over to his website and download it you have no excuse. So I’ll simply end this with a quote from my favorite song on the album and a nod to AIV’s home state…

Just let the band play dixie, let the boys drink whiskey, lay me in the ground and hoist the Bonnie Blue…

(The Bonnie Blue, for those that don’t know, flew over the short lived Republic of Florida and inspired the Burnet Flag which flew over the Republic of Texas.)

Jeremy Steding - A Damn Good Ride     

Jeremy Steding - Let The Boys Drink Whiskey     

Jeremy Steding - The Day Today     

6 Comments

  1. December 3, 2009    

    I have had a hard time getting into this one, that said, I dig most of the stuff that Smith Music distributes, and I am definitely “all for” new blood being pumped into the red dirt scene…

  2. December 3, 2009    

    I didn’t care for this one the first time around honestly. But the second time it was better and then it was on repeat, then I was writing a review. 😉

  3. Lynchie from Aberdeen Lynchie from Aberdeen
    December 4, 2009    

    Not too keen on the title track but the other 2 were fine…thanks for the chance to hear them…

  4. December 4, 2009    

    @Kelly – After last night, seeing Jeremy tear it up live, I would suggest giving his music more than a second chance. The albums are good but the live is pretty amazing. He’s a showman on top of a decent singer/songwriter. And I have feeling my next trip to Austin will be worse than my last in a very good way.

  5. December 5, 2009    

    Cool, I will. It wouldnt be the first time that something “clicked” once i gave it another chance…I have also been turned by the live experience also, thanks!

  6. Randy Randy
    December 5, 2009    

    many thanks as always…

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