Each year artists come out of nowhere to have a hit. For some it can come immediately and for others it’s the fruits of many years of labor that leads to that breakthrough hit.
Sometimes though I’m lucky enough to hear about the artist kicking it around out on the road and in the bars and dancehalls across the nation. These artists are usually busy during the day working 9 to 5 jobs and busy writing songs in the evenings and playing shows at fairs, festivals, and bars on the weekends. It’s not a glamorous job playing the side stage for 20+ hours at a country festival, but these rising stars do it for the love of country music.
I have to thank Chad for pointing me in the direction of his brother-in-law and budding country artist Anthony Marshall Raines.
Anthony Marshall Raines
Chad mentions the ’90s country music scene and it too is my favorite decade for country music. I’m bias because I grew up during that period and it’s that music that made me a country fan. I loved the steel guitar riffs, the cowboy hats, and the deep voiced singers belting out songs about love, heartache, and having fun.
Here’s a video of a personal song Anthony Marshall Raines wrote for a wedding…
The Wedding Song – Anthony Marshall Raines
After first hearing Anthony’s voice I’m reminded of Wade Hayes (What I Meant To Say). There is the deep voice and the power in the vocals. It’s classic ’90s country and I love it. I’m also reminded of guys like Paul Brandt (A Little In Love)with this song.
Traditional Country Music
This is the kind of music I love. The melodies of ’90s country were what I was drawn to growing up and I still think it’s the best even today. I hear those same melodies and vocal sounds in Anthony Raines’ music.
In the comment from Chad, he mentions that Anthony was an early contestant on Nashville Star. The story goes Anthony was asked to sing a more pop-country song and he refused and he parted ways with the show.
I’m not against the new country music that turned up in the ’00s. Country music has historically gone through periods of change. Pop influences and traditional influences have taken turns over the years. Rascal Flatts certainly seemed to usher in a new era in country in the ’00s. I think that’s fine.
Chad mentions that Anthony Raines has his own vision for country music and I’m excited to see if things pan out for him and others. I’d love a little throwback to the ’90s.
Check out more of Anthony’s songs on his MySpace page:
It’s good stuff.
Maybe I’m a bit hopeful that artists like Anthony will breakout in the near future, but I think there’s a chance and as a fan of country music I’ll do what little I can to help out.
Best of luck, Anthony.