The beginning of fall is always a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to the sweet summer sun and bust out the hoodies, sweatpants, and festive fall beverages of choice. If you’re looking to keep warm and fuzzy, we’ve found some tunes that will keep you company while nestled under a blanket with that PSL in hand. From television appearances to funny band names and beyond, turn your speakers up for our latest social roundup.
Liv Waters (@ow3200)
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
We sift through a lot of music on a daily basis and run across so many artists who could be labeled as a girl next door / All-American sweetheart-type. Liv Waters has more depth than that. Hailing from Poughkeepsie, NY, Waters keeps her hustle strong on her YouTube channels that boasts an array of covers ranging from works by Thomas Rhett, Midland, Major Lazor (rad!), and more. We love this video of her covering Kelsea Ballerini’s “Legends.” Her voice is earnest and organic and she lights the camera up naturally by just being herself with no gimmicks. We’d also recommend checking out the teaser video for her new single “In Time” and can’t wait to see the full version.
Chris Stephen (@ChrisStephen_)
We’re suckers for robust baritone voices, so naturally, we were drawn into Chris Stephen’s live performance video for his song “More Than I Deserve.” If you asked us what it takes for a song to leave a lasting impressions, we’d say plenty of contrast and potent lyrical content. Each section of “More Than I Deserve” ramps up in intensity and the band does a wonderful job supporting Stephen’s sincere lyrics. We don’t always live in sunshine and bright times, so a song that promises a future to look forward to that’s narrated by a man of his word is the perfect recipe to keep spirits high.
Kristi Hoopes (@kristihoopes)
Location: Parker, Colorado
We know we have some fans of The Voice who follow us and we are honored to have run across of our top pick for the season. The Tweetosphere is going NUTS over this rising star’s blind audition video where she performs a stirring rendition of Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love.” This powerful young woman has Blake Shelton grinning from ear-to-ear and all of the judges fighting over her. Adam Levine sang her praises saying, “I think you’re brilliant. I don’t think that you are a cookie cutter artist,” and even then she trusted her gut and went with #TeamBlake. We’re going to have our eyes glued to the TV rooting Kristi on this season of The Voice and suggest you do the same.
Branden Martin (@BrandenWMartin)
We hear a lot of country bands. We hear a lot of singer-songwriters. And it’s been awhile since we’ve heard authentic, acoustic country that’s raw, yet polished. “Don’t Walk the Line” has perfectly crafted guitar strumming coupled with hearty, bourbon-soaked vocals from Martin. What’s even more impressive is he’s a mere 23 years old just now getting his feet wet in the world of the music business. His natural ability and seasoned songwriting prove that Martin is wise beyond his years and has a budding career in front of him. Make sure to follow him on all social platforms and enjoy the honor of hearing him before he completely blows up.
Cornbeef & the Pillbillies (@cornbeefbrisket)
Location: Johnson City, TN
Not gonna lie—it was the band name that made us click and boy we’re glad we did. Their bio speaks loud and clear as well, “Redneck party music. Country power trio. Perfect for bars or bonfires, but it ain’t family friendly radio music.” While the intro of “Wrong Side of Right” has a waltzy, doo-woppy feel that might seem like a tune you’d listen to with your grandparents, once the lyrics come in, it’s a little more PG-13 than one would suspect at first listen. Listeners are taken on a journey of a man’s narrative of being on the “wrong side of right.” The protagonist ends up in county jail, learns lessons, and ultimately recounting that he spent all his money on cocaine and hookers and he wishes he could have it all back. Good music mixed with wittiness is a combination we fully support and we’ll definitely be throwing these guys on our speakers again ASAP.
Join us in our quest to discover new music on our social channels. We have followers who pimp their friends’ bands, bands sharing their own tracks, and we stumble upon some good stuff on our own. To share your music or your latest favorites, make sure to tweet at us @acountry or drop us a line on Facebook.