If you like country music, Kenneth Brian is your guy.
Country, like Hank and Dwight and the old rockabilly boys of the ’50s did it. Real country music. Not the crap you hear on the radio these days, although there are a few artists I enjoy.
I was showing a couple of visitors around town Saturday night and we ended up at the Jack of the Wood. We ran into Kenneth, jammin’ with a badass bassist, guitarist and hammerin’ drummer.
Kenneth, all leather fringe and 10-gallon hat, crooned and yodeled and rocked. The kid ain’t but about 25, 26. But he sure did sound a lot like Dwight Yoakum, one of my all-time favorites. And he played plenty of homage to Hank Williams. But he had a few songs all his own, and I have to say that it was refreshing to hear some real roots country music.
Keep your eye on this guy. He’s got a new record out in April and he’s touring like a madman. This kid could be going places – I hope.
I loved that “Guitars” album by Dwight. He’s also got a great version of “Little Sister” on one album.
Had no idea you were a Dwight Yoakum fan. I remember playing him back-to-back with Steve Earle in my country D.J. days. Steve’s song was “Guitar Town” and Dwight’s was “Guitars and Cadillacs.”
My favorite Dwight song, which I am living out these days, is “Reading, writing, Route 23.”
Nothing like that Bakersville sound.