Showing posts with label Vandoliers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vandoliers. Show all posts

Aug 12, 2022

Oct 28, 2021

A Nightmare on Elm Street Country Reaction Gifs

When your mom makes you ride with your step brother who’s a Luke Bryan fan

Still better than listening to Walker Hayes

When the Turnpike Troubadours reunite... and then you wake up

When you both dreamed about Jason Aldean

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now

If you're a music critic and have to listen to the whole new Lady A album for a review, I suggest this

Vandoliers really getting into it

A Dan + Shay concert...




Sep 16, 2021

Indiana Jones Country Reaction Gifs

When another couple invited you to the Kane Brown concert

Trying to listen to the whole Walker Hayes EP for a review

If your friend chose to skip the Vandoliers concert

"Country guitarists can't melt your face off"
Listens to Roy Clark once:

When your dad's always got to remind you he saw Johnny Cash in concert 6 times

Listening to a FGL fan attempt to talk about politics or literature or philosophy or anything really.

When some dude swinging a saif around says Waylon sucks

How you know you're at an Upchurch concert

Sep 10, 2021

Album Review / RC & The Ambers / Big Country

By Megan Bledsoe


In order to fully understand and appreciate the debut album from RC and the Ambers, one thing must first be firmly established: this is not, nor is it attempting to be, a Turnpike Troubadours record. It is not even akin to the solo album by Kyle Nix, which carried many stylistic similarities to the Troubadours even though the lyrical content was quite different. This album presents a sound and style quite apart from anything yet recorded by either Turnpike or Nix. You won’t find a horn section on any Turnpike record, but the horns are a prominent feature of Big Country. Turnpike albums don’t generally employ zydeco rub boards either, but Amber Watson brings this to the band’s sound and gives the album a unique Cajun flavor. Perhaps RC Edwards himself described this project best when he said: “It was a chance for me and Hank [Early] to get weird and record some songs that I had been playing live.” This idea of “getting weird” must be accepted and embraced by the listener; then the true beauty of Big Country will shine forth.

This album never takes itself too seriously. The title track is an ode to former Oklahoma State University basketball player Bryant Reeves, complete with clips from Reeves’ days on the court. “Oklahoma Beach Body’ is at once a Red Dirt satire of bro country and a fun little number that might have found traction on 90’s country radio. “Drunk High and Loud,” often played live at Turnpike Troubadours shows, is much the same, managing to be fun and catchy without compromising the lyrics or insulting the intelligence of the listener. Even when the record opts for a deeper sentiment, it is in the form of songs like “Astronaut,” wherein RC Edwards muses about being a jigsaw puzzle and his lover being the missing part, and “”Oologah,” in which the heartfelt story of the circumstances surrounding a marriage proposal are offset by the description of the Oklahoma college football team beating “the “ever-livin’ dogshit” out of Missouri State.

But for all its humor and lighter moments, Big Country still captures a few moments of more serious introspection. “Fall out of Love,” first recorded on the Turnpike Troubadours’ self-titled album in 2015, strikes a different chord altogether when Edwards and Watson perform it as a duet. The horns provided by Cory Graves of Vandoliers also serve to add something new to the song. The horns bring a new dimension to the band’s cover of “Blues Man” as well, one of the highlights of the album.



A Turnpike record this is not, but it does bring some of the same  sense of place offered by many Troubadours releases. In addition to the aforementioned Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys being featured on this record, the album is sprinkled with references to Tahlequah and to the Cherokee people and captures the kind of charm that Tyler Childers brings to the mountains of Appalachia or that Red Shahan brings to the desolation of west Texas.


In short, Big Country is a unique and enjoyable listen. It is generally a lighthearted affair, and in some ways, this kind of album is exactly what the world needs at the moment. However, there are enough intervals of seriousness to add some weight to the record. With the horns and the zydeco elements, this release carries a sound unlike anything from Turnpike Troubadours and unlike almost anything in the current country space. Big Country is a solid debut from RC and the Ambers, and it will certainly be interesting to see where they will go in the future.

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Big Country is available today everywhere you purchase or stream music. 


May 20, 2021

Wrasslin' Country Reaction Gifs #50

Dad when a Luke Bryan underwear commercial comes on 

How many number one hits does Ricky Van Shelton have?

When you find out Garth Brooks has hair plugs

When the candidate at the job interview says she's a Kane Brown stan

Me and my buddy when Vandoliers come up on the Spotify shuffle

When the on-hold music is a mainstream country station

When I hear somebody call Willie a stoned old commie

Stop covering "Cover Me Up"


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