Now that I have left the world of traditional terrestrial radio, Spotify has become my favorite way to discover new artists. If it wasn’t for Spotify, I don’t think I’d have come across a small country singer who is an artist in residency in random Ohio towns.
Tryin’ To Be A Blessing is not groundbreaking or revolutionary. In fact, it sounds like a lot of other country music. And that is not a bad thing.
Why? Because this is 90s honky-tonk country music reborn.
This record has a lot of Texas two-step with a crying pedal steel and chicken picking guitar licks. Tryin’ To Be A Blessing has the same sound as the music on that TNN dance show that was broadcast live from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville when I was a kid.
If this was an instrumental album I would swear up and down that this was a Clint Black or Alan Jackson record.
Vocally, Dallas Moore reminds me a lot of Eddie Montgomery from Montgomery Gentry.
There is love and heartbreak and tongue in cheek references throughout this album; as it should be with a country record.
I do have one point of contention: the lyric ”Jesus is my homeboy.” But, I’ll let it slide.
My favorite track: I Love You Woman
Short story time: This record speaks to me on a very real level. We moved from the Nashville area to Central Florida when I was halfway through 5th grade. Middle school was hell for me; I was bullied relentlessly. This was the mid-90s and listening to the country music of the day made me feel connected to home. It was a safe and happy place for me. And I still feel that connection to country music. Especially country music with this particular sound.