MAX STALLING – HOME TO YOU

Max Stalling is one of those Texas boys that can make you want to pop open a tall boy or swing a pretty girl around a dance floor and his latest offering Home To You is no exception. I can easily see a porch swing and a cooler full of Shiner Bock with any track from this one playing in the background while me and my friends tell stories about each other. The whole album is one of those that just feels comfortable, like an old pearl snap shirt, from the opening notes all the way to the end. While Max’s last release, Topaz City, was good this one is downright amazing. It takes me back to the first time I heard “Running Buddy” and fell in love with Max’s lyrics. I can feel it happening all over again with a couple of tracks on this one.

The best part of this one isn’t that it jumps out and makes you love but rather that it’s so subtle. It seems like an elegantly simple country album at first listen but as it comes up on the playlist there’s this nagging feeling that there’s more depth there than was noticed the first time. And as time goes the simplicity is joined by an amazing depth of feeling in each of the songs, even the goofy “Fantasy Dinner”. This one is Essential Listening for that and so many other reasons.

Max Stalling – I Ain’t Drinking Alone
Max Stalling – 6×9 Speakers (Revisited)
Max Stalling – Saddest Song Ever

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