You ain’t never heard nothing like this.
Amy Black is bringing some new sounds to country music. Her latest album One Time is sure to turn a few heads. This folk artist is ready to bring her brand of music to the masses with this latest album and the songs are sure to make you wonder where the stories are coming from.
Just sit back and let Amy Black tell you about the way she sees life…
One Time by Amy Black
And you know what? I really like it. There is a darkness to the set of songs, but also a bit of inspiration. It’s a bit weird, but after listening to these songs you come away feeling like you just heard a complete album.
Let’s check out the tracks…
1. Run Johnny
The album gets off to a kicking start with the song about a two-timer named Johnny. The narrator is telling the boy to get to running ’cause the law is chasing him straight outta Alabama. As we listen to the story more and more we learn that Johnny has killed a woman. This is some serious stuff and it’s not something we see often in country or popular music. Back in the ’90s Richard Marx was able to trick the world a bit when he had a hit song about murder with Hazard. That track has similar sounds to this one, but Run Johnny has its own feel all together. It’s a great way to set the tone for the album.
2. One Time
This track is the one that really defined this song as a country song for me. It reminds me a bit of the stuff Steve Azar records. The sound has that delta feel where it’s all about a guitar and the twang of the bayou. Here Amy is giving her best girl friend some advice – get away and get away fast. Sometimes we have to help our friends help themselves. When they’re in a bad relationship help them out, folks.
3. Whiskey and Wine
Things slow down quite a bit for Whiskey and Wine. Amy’s voice really takes center stage on this track. The soft steel guitar in the background makes the occasional starring appearance, but it’s all about the emotion Amy brings on this track. The song is about the struggle of relationships. Some things can be so great, but often pain is never too far away. It’s always a struggle.
Now here’s the rocking, uptempo track. Man this sounds like something straight out of the ’60s. The beat is like Johnny Cash or something. It’s about time someone brought back the rockabilly feel. I’m happy to see it from Amy. This woman is talented and Stay might just be my favorite track on the album. Now you just have to stay for the rest of the review.
This track is difficult for me to figure out. It seems like Amy is singing about someone that influenced her. It seems like Molly is someone that was older, like a grandmother or mother figure. Molly worked her fingers to the bone and now the narrator is wondering why she can get away with living in the air conditioned world while Molly worked and worked her life away with seemingly nothing. Did Molly ever dream?
6. You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
One of my all time favorite songs. And I’m a man. It’s the classic Loretta Lynn song you’ve come to love over the years. I have to say, Amy covers this track well. She has the attitude and the country chops to serve it well. Loretta’s version will always stand the test of time, but Amy gives her a run for her money. It’s good to see a new artist shed light on the past and Amy does that well with Loretta’s classic. The song title says it all.
7. You Lied
A woman sitting alone by the phone. She’s in her room all alone waiting for the call from her lover. The call never comes. Have any of you ever been there? That’s what You Lied is all about. Amy plays the girl left with nothing as her man lies about calling and lies about being together forever. The sadness, frustration, disappointment, and anger bleed from this track. Amy’s voice is perfect for this kind of country song. Country music at its core is about storytelling and I have to say – Amy Black is a great storyteller. She is something special. You’re right there with her hanging on every word especially on this song.
8. All My Love
We go from love lost to a new love on the horizon. Amy is the pursuer in this situation. She plays the role of the lover close behind her man’s every move in this song. Watch out boys – here comes Amy. And she’s ready to love you like you ain’t never loved before.
9. Meet Me on the Dance Floor
I like this track. The tempo is fun and playful. The song is about a couple meeting out on the dance floor and seeing how things go. They try out a dance to start and as the evening goes along they realize maybe there is something there. I could see this song playing well in the honky tonks and dance halls down in the south. Even up here in the north I know folks would like this one.
10. I Can’t Play This Game
Amy takes the classic country love situations of love and makes them unique in her own way. Here we have a woman realizing her relationship is over. The man is gone and she’s on her own now. She can’t wait around anymore. She can’t play the losing game anymore waiting for things to work out. It’s the realization we all come to at some point in our lives as we all suffer through indecision in difficult relationships. Amy is really good at capturing these emotions.
11. Words Fail You
For the second to last track the sound changes a bit. There is a simple guitar playing in the beginning. It has a stripped down feel and it’s a few beats before Amy comes in with her vocals. In this song it’s the woman that’s failing the man. Things seem to be coming to an end in this relationship. There isn’t much left to say because everything is going to fail. It’s a helpless situation and the emotion is covered to perfection by Amy on this song.
12. Ain’t No Grave
A cool track to end things. There’s a bit of old school southern Americana on this track. This version is certainly different from Johnny Cash’s, but that’s ok. Amy is one hundred percent her own artist and I think this track is a good way to finish out the set. It’s a bold choice to take this song and do it completely different from Johnny’s version – he wasn’t the first, but he was one of the more recent. I like Amy’s take on the track too. A little uptempo, but the bite is still there.
Fresh yet vintage sound in today’s country world.
A great album.