Recently I’ve been embroiled in a couple of arguments (inc. 2 x Twitter spats) regarding what is/isn’t Country Music these days, with far too many sub-genres muddying the waters; so let’s just say singer-songwriter Case Garrett is the embodiment of 21st Century Country Music; and leave it at that.
Regular readers will know my penchant for good cover art and AURORA is certainly a winner on that front; proving you can judge an album by the cover.
Opening track What Can I Say? is one of those semi-autobiographical songs that Country artistes do so well; it’s obviously been a ‘life well lived’ and the song tells a sorry tale with a happy ending.
This is followed by the deep, dark and sultry Long Way Down, which sees Garrett again exploring his doleful past; but a wailing fiddle, steel guitar and a voice from the swamps makes for a beautifully bittersweet song that will stay in the memory for a very long time, and in this case Garrett finally finds redemption in the unadulterated love of his son.
Don’t despair this isn’t all doom and gloom; Case Garrett has a mighty good sense of humour too and can fit it into a song better than most; with Fill Er’ Up (about a Loving Cup) sounding like a late night drinking song and The Thought of You about a man who comes home “kinda drunk/kinda horny” and starts thinking about his ex, but can’t find his phone to send her a midnight text, very nearly became our ‘Favourite Track’ and I can guarantee it will be a fan favourite when played live. It certainly made me smile the first time I heard it, and then immediately pressed ‘replay.’
One song gets featured twice, with an Alternate Mix of Going Down To Mobile closing the album and both versions when sat alongside Case’s punchy version of Call Me The Breeze really set the tone for the cool Southern-Rock feel of the whole album; as especially does our favourite track She Never Liked Elvis; an expression his Mother used when Garrett was growing up in rural Louisiana.
Even if Case Garrett was to busk outside the 2018 CMA’s or whatever I doubt he would ever trouble the Awards Committee but, trust me if you like quality modern Country Music with a timeless feel to it, look no further…..you will love AURORA by Case Garrett, he’s the REAL DEAL.
released November 3rd 2017.
This review first appeared on the Rocking Magpie website. https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/