The Whiskey Gentry – Dead Ringer

Do you have bands and artists in your collection that you root for? What I mean is do you have music from artists that you feel are not near as popular as you think they should be?

The Whiskey Gentry is a band from Atlanta that, being in Atlanta radio, I’ve known of and enjoyed for a long time. I have always thought that they should have made it big.

The band is no longer together, but their vocalist, Lauren Morrow, is now out on her own. Serendipitously, I now work in non-traditional radio and her brother works in my office. Small world.

Dead Ringer sounds like what, in my head, country music is supposed to sound like. A fiddle, mandolin, banjo, blazing country riffs on an electric guitar, and a slow two-step beat all find their way onto this record. Dead Ringer has bits of bluegrass sprinkled throughout that are simply beautiful.

The vocal work is delicate and pure with an elegant softness while still being powerful; it is never strained or forced. Lauren Morrow’s voice is like a mix of Allison Krauss, Natalie Maines, and Dolly Parton.

Dead Ringer has covers of classics, tongue in cheek storytelling, and sweet sadness.

Add this record to your list of albums to play for people who say that they only like older country music.

My favorite track: Dead Ringer


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