He’s one of the many country artists out there that doesn’t come from the South. He’s from Michigan and he’s bringing his brand of country music to the mainstream scene.
Being from the Midwest myself (Wisconsin and Minnesota) I have to root for a guy like David Shelby. The folks up here in the Midwest love their country music. I know it got its start in the South, but we’ve kind of adopted country music up here as our favorite.
I recently had the chance to listen to David’s latest album and it’s a good one.
Here is a track-by-track review.
David Shelby: Rust Belt Cowboy
1. Kick A Little Dirt Around
This was the first single. It’s an uptempo rocking song that will get you out on the dance floor. It’s a cool song to start out the record because it lets you know right away that David is here to make a statement.
2. What Kind Of Kiss
This song is really cool. I think of Tom Petty and Bob Seger when I hear this one. There is that obvious influence knowing where David is from. Great song here. Probably my favorite on the record. The melody is just really catchy.
3. Stealing Honey
It’s another fun song. I like that things stay upbeat for the first three songs. It seems like too many artists out there stick with ballads, which are fine, but we need some upbeat country songs out there too and David is delivering.
4. Your Better Man
Now as soon as I talk about ballads we get one up next on the record. This one is good. It seems like a very personal song for David, which makes it even more real for listeners.
Just when you think things are slowing down David blows the speakers out of the place with this one. You better get ready to have some fun when you’re cranking this country rocker. I’ve been to a lot of taverns and country clubs up here in the Northwoods. This song would be a huge smash in those types of places.
6. Story Of Our Lives
I like this kind of song. It’s kind of a rolling medium tempo song. It’s just a great reflection on life and the melody keeps you interested the entire time.
7. Cinderella With A New Tattoo
The final song on the record is a fun one. We all know a woman out there that fits this description.
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