There have been quite a few promising ’90s-inspired debut singles from male artists lately, a surprising number of which have come from major Nashville labels. It remains to be seen how any of these guys will fare on the charts, but it’s encouraging to see such an infusion of promising new ‘throwback’ blood.
Here’s a quick roundup of the acts and their ’90s counterparts.
Bradley Gaskin – “Mr. Bartender” (listen)
The best of early Travis Tritt. Call it “If I Were a Drinker 2.0.”
The Dirt Drifters – “Something Better” (listen)
Maybe I’m crazy, but I hear a lot of Confederate Railroad.
Jacob Lyda – “I’m Doing Alright” (listen)
In this song, he sounds a bit like a bunch of people–George Strait, Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Daryle Singletary–without really sounding like anyone. In “Loving Is Better Than Leaving” (still available as a free download), he reminds me of Dierks Bentley.
Jordan Carter – “Daddy Never Had a Chance in Hell” (listen)
Chris LeDoux, maybe? Not sure, but it’s straight-up ’90s for sure.
I know comparisons such as these can irk artists who prefer to think of themselves as absolute originals, but audible country influences are always a plus in my book. I hope these guys stay around long enough to reveal more of their distinct sounds and styles in future singles.
If I thought there was a chance of hearing stuff like this, I’d tune into my local country station more often.