Back when I was growing up, I remember for many Country music was just like reggaeton – everyone hate it. Those who loved that genre were considered, in some way, hideous such a low brow genre and people couldn’t understand how could someone even liked that style. Enter a young girl called Taylor Swift, and immediately everyone seems to enjoy it (Let me take this time to remember you that the best song, according to Billboard charts, is a reggaeton song called Despacito. So yeah, even that got higher into the rankings).
Next up, a Talent show called The Voice eventually also became a major hit and as time went by, Country started gaining popularity and even got a respected city in Tennessee called Nashville, where the dreams of many hopeful souls resides.
Anyways, as the genre started to become one of the most defining genre of the decade, as any other style there was a need to stray away from others and so did different genres started blending other genres together with some different sounds like Rap and Metal to distant cousins as Roots music (Folk, Americana, Bluegrass) and that’s how me and many other people started to get used to and become little or avid fans.
Still Cookin‘ is the sophomore release of the band Russ Still and The Moonshiners, “Promise Land” has this sweet guitar intro that blends the best of Southern Rock, then Russ both distinctive and traditional Country vocals blends perfectly with the music to follow. Some piano elements within the second verse adds this nice Gospel touch to the song. “Long Way From Home” changes the fun, upbeat melodies for a more serious yet exciting Hank Williams Jr. Folk direction that shows the band different and diverse cards. Speaking of diversity, the band finds the way to add new layers from both the Country realm to other new boundaries as Grunge and Funk on songs like “Glorine’s”, it’s great to see a band that’s not afraid to take some risky decisions in order to archive something greater and so they perfectly do on this record. There’s a sense of consistency yet they take fresh routes so it’s always a fun and upbeat ride.
Criteria - 80%
Overall, this is one of those few hidden bands that well-deserved a big shot. Perhaps because even though they are pretty original, some may say they sound alike to others they might have a hard time breaking through. But hopefully they will and the world will get to enjoy their fun-loving, upbeat and cool tracks.