Back in 2017 a musician buddy of mine told me he saw a young country singer in Nashville named Colter Wall. He had a murder ballad called Kate McCannon on his album that once I heard it I really liked. And once I heard the rest of the album, I thought was exceptional. So, I’ve been following his music since then. And he’s getting some good play on a few movie soundtracks and on the TV show Yellowstone. I was looking forward to his album this year. But I’ve been so distracted by the political horror show we’ve been living through that I missed the release. I bought the album last week and finally listened to it today. And it was a good listen.
Now his 2017 album had a sort of alt-country feel to it. This album is a straight up western music album. There are songs about cattle farming and rodeos and cowboying and gunfighters. You see Colter is from Saskatchewan Canada which is north of Montana and is still like what we think of as the old west. None of these songs are as emotional or quirky as some of the stories on his 2017 debut and none of them knocked me out of my chair but I thoroughly enjoyed the familiarity and simplicity of the western tunes. The guitar and fiddle play are pleasing and Colter’s baritone sound is easy to listen to.
If you’re looking for some new music and like old time western music, I think you’ll enjoy this album. I did.
Here is the song list:
Western Swing & Waltzes
I Ride An Old Paint: Leavin’ Cheyenne
Henry And Sam
High & Mighty
Talkin’ Prairie Boy
Rocky Mountain Rangers
Houlihans At The Holiday Inn