I get a lot of music to (hopefully) review. Most of it is good. Some of it is great. Every now and then a record matches up perfectly with my musical DNA. Like the one I received recently from Well Worn Soles. This record is wonderful from the first listen. It sounds like what I want to hear when sitting on the porch at the farm. It sounds like music I’d love to hear live. It sounds like life. Real, authentic, natural. When I read their bio, I began to understand why .
They met while enrolled in the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University and quickly recognized that there was something special about the two of them together.
Yes, there is. Emerson Wells-Barrett and Chelsea Dix-Kessler make some amazing music. I could share just about any of the 11 songs on their forthcoming record, “Country/Folk by Well Worn Soles,” which is scheduled for release on August 4, 2015, and you’d love it. But when someone writes and sings “We were something, me and you. Two happy spiders, all tangled up in our web,” well, that’s the one I have to pick.
Big Red Fire – Well Worn Soles
There’s a lot more to love on this record. Chelsea plays a beautiful fiddle and Emerson plays a mean mandolin, among other instruments. There’s traditional country, there’s bluegrass arrangements, there’s honky-tonk, and there’s even the right amount of humor (humor on a record is like whiskey; a little is good, too much makes my head hurt). They remind me of so many of my favorite bands. Freakwater, The Be Good Tanyas, The Everybodyfields (the benchmark for Tennessee duos), etc.
When this record comes out, buy it, stream it, heck, steal it if you have to (not really). If you like well written, well-played rural American music, you’ll love this record.
I do, and I do.