Matt Westin is a country music artist from Pittsburgh, PA who has accomplished quite a bit recently. Apparently his debut single “Our Redneck of the Woods” has received international radio airplay and the video is was at #1 on the Beat100 Country Videos chart.
His release Legacy is a contemporary country album that is polished and competitive with artists such as Toby Keith, Chris Young and Kenny Chesney. As far as commercial, radio ready, contemporary country goes there isn’t a whole bunch of wiggle room as far what what will happen unless you are Sturgill Simpson.
Westin starts with a rocking number entitled “You Leave Me No Choice.” I immediately appreciated the production and instrumentation. The banjo was a standout. This song also felt a certified FM single and it adheres to the template you expect from such a song.“Don’t Feel The Rain” is a little more melancholy and emotional. Westin’s vocals sound great and is supported by laptop steel guitar, piano, drums and basically a full array of instrumentation.
The actual single is “Our Redneck of the Woods” which is one of the heavier songs with distorted guitars. Westin pridefully embraces the values and lives of what you might call country folk. Somewhat ironically “Too Many Mondays Not Enough Saturday Nights” sounds like a song that would be played on a Saturday while “The Road That Never Was” is a nostalgic ballad. He closes with “Farm Town” and triumphant highlight “Southerly.”
Legacy is a straightforward, well implemented contemporary country album. If you’re a fan of the genre this will be up your alley.
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