You all know I am fan of this kid out of Austin by way of Florida. I covered his last album, multiple live shows, and even got an exclusive preview of a track off this album. I Keep On Livin’ But I Don’t Learn is Jeremy’s third album and track for track it’s his best yet. While being a little slower than the previous two albums it’s still straight up honky tonk. While a lot of the Red Dirt scene is sounding and acting more like frat rock than anything else Jeremy is keeping it honest and writing real country music. I know I have been getting in some digs at the scene recently but albums like this only highlight how bad the rest of what’s coming out is these days. I for one am glad there are some folks, like Jeremy, left who care about the music and are doing something about it.
Jeremy can apparently write and sing about anything he sets his mind to. This one has love songs, songs to make you cry, and even a cover song but the one thing they all have in common is that they make you want to drive until you find some place with some sawdust on the floor and surly bartender and knock back some whiskey. What surprised me about this album is how damn sad the sad songs are. You see I know this kid can write fun and happy songs but compared to his last two albums he has found a place that’s pretty damn dark. His sad songs have gone from sentimental to downright hopeless and as far as I am concerned that’s a damn good thing. In fact the only thing that’s upsetting about this album is trying to pick only three tracks to preview with this post. Suffice it to say that this Essential Listening and when it drops on the 28th you should pick it up immediately. I have no doubts this one will end up in my top ten albums of the year because I am sucker for straight up real country music and that’s what this is.