This year, we finally see the return of American country music artist Philip Claypool, who released his new album back in June entitled "Come On Back Home." It is his first album in fifteen years and the first on Heyday Productions. This album is Claypool's most personal as he has a true story behind almost every song written. The new eleven-song release starts out with the title-song, "Come On Back Home" as Claypool sounds in excellent form and has his finger on the pulse of today's country music. He slows things down for "New Kind Of Love," which has Claypool sounding like the prodigy of Ronnie Milsap as the song carries a classic country/pop sound. The rockabilly blues of "Three More Beers" is country music at is best as the lyrics are fun to sing-along to and the song's mood is light and energetic. Philip Claypool pours his heart into the gentle acoustics of "God's Very Best" as he shows his vulnerability. He plugs in to rock on the upbeat "I'm Gonna Lie," before closing the album with the classic country feel of "Jack Daniel And Mr. Jim Beam" and a cover of Eddy Arnold's "You Don't Know Me." To find out more about Philip Claypool and his latest release "Come On Back Home," please visit philipclaypool.com.
From Tennessee comes the debut album from Americana singer/songwriter Joseph LeMay entitled "Seventeen Acres." Since its release back in May, it has been receiving praise from Rolling Stone Country and CMT Edge. Joseph LeMay has also been named one of the 25 finalists by American Songwriter for American Songspace's "Secret Road Pub Deal Songwriting Competition." The new eleven-song release begins with the slow-moving, country twang of the title-song "17 Acres," as LeMay eases you into his musical world. He picks up the tempo for the passionate chorus of "You Still Do It," before he lets his storied lyrics soar during "Fruit On The Vine" and "Warrant For My Worry." At times, Joseph LeMay draws strong similarities to the early work of Ryan Adams as in "Nothing You Can Do." He picks up the tempo with the country, two-step rhythm of "Molly My Girl," before closing with the frailness of "Just So." Joseph LeMay has half-a-dozen dates left on his concert schedule at the moment. To find out more about his new album "Seventeen Acres," please visit josephlemaymusic.com.
From the southern U.K. comes the new EP from singer/songwriter Lucas Hardy entitled "Needle & Thread." Lucas handles everything himself, including recording, producing and distributing his own CDs. It was released back in August and features sixteen minutes of catchy vocals with full harmonies, amongst a sometimes stark acoustic backdrop. His sound is raw, with no overdubs, which only adds to the originality that Lucas puts into his music as displayed in "Coffee" and "Runaway." The album closes with "Heaven's Well" that has the most potential to become something bigger as the lyrics have a pop quality to them with a dark alternative country sound to support them. To find out more about Lusa Hardy, please visit lucashardy.co.uk.