Country music artist Darren Rhodes has a fix on all of the ingredients for good old fashioned Country music. In the age of “Pop” Country with Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum burning up the charts, Rhodes is bringing the tradition back to the genre. With violins, electric guitars, and the expected subject matter of the trials and tribulations of everyday life, Rhodes’ songs have all that is needed for a good country composition. Instead of trying to go with the trend, he is returning to the roots and pulls it off successfully.
“Jesse Told Becky Goodbye” has a nice beat, and Rhodes’ voice has a solid western twang to it. The strength of his voice is questionable, for at times it tends to get overpowered by the music and by his capable back-up singers. However, his voice is pleasant enough, and the accompanying music is great. The violin and guitars give the track that nice cozy feel and it brings out the emotion in Rhodes’ voice as he sings the slow, heart-felt ballad. “Johnny Walker Walk” is a faster song with a honky-tonk flair. Rhodes’ singing is much improved on this particular. The back-up singers are on point, and the fiddle and guitars will get the listener’s foot tapping. This is shit-kicking country music at its best, and it’s a good song to line dance to. On “She Gets It Right,” Rhodes sings about how his woman is hell on high heels but feels good to hold. Again, Rhodes’ voice starts out off-key, but as the tune progresses he finds his groove. The guitar solo in the middle of the sing is on fire, and the background instrumentation is on point. This is the perfect song to put on the old jukebox at the neighborhood bar as you down a beer or two. The woman in the song gets it right, and Rhodes himself gets it right with the traditional country formula showcased on this song.
Rhodes is on his way to having a successful country music career. If he can work on fine tuning his voice he’ll convey his thoughts to his audience more effectively. This can really help to make him shine, and listeners who favor the more traditional sound of country music will definitely appreciate his efforts. Rhodes may find it a little hard to find a place in the new Pop-Country landscape, but with a little perseverance he can find a nice niche for himself and enjoy some success!
Beats: 3.0 Vocals: 2.5 Concept: 3.5