Born and raised in north Texas, Brad Amy has been penning songs since his early teens. He grew up developing an eclectic musical palette. Beside his staple of mainstream country acts from the ‘80s and ‘90s, he also listened to such bands like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. It came as a surprise to everyone when he began fronting an emo-punk band throughout high school.
It wasn’t until Amy moved to Lubbock after high school to attend Texas Tech University that he became more grounded in his influences. The move reignited his long love for country music.
Amy’s latest On The Rocks EP, incorporates all of his influences as well as fleshing out a sound that is all his own. It is a fusion of his eclectic musical tastes as well as a deepening of his roots.
On The Rocks opens with “Girl Without A Heart,” where dynamic noodling tackles this track with relish. Amy sings with his heart on his sleeve with warm reverberation and tenacity. His vocals are heartfelt and intimate. A great rock n’ roll vibe pervades. This is an emotionally powerful and searing song.
On the title-track, country-bent guitars rev up this song. Amy’s vocals are honeyed, reverberating with a vulnerable pull. The guitar licks are full-on and enticing. This is a dramatic ballad where a strong sense of urgency underlines the gamut of this song.
On the closer “Life And Death Taxes,” amped numerating comes from the acoustic guitar. The deft strumming provides an evocative acoustic cadence. The instrument alone supports Amy’s vocals. Amy sings with vigor and emotion. You can tell this is something he is passionate about. The vocals are seeped in emotion and feelings. A real stirring track.
In the singer/songwriter vein, these tracks flesh out intimate performances filled with heartfelt reveries. Here, Amy wears his heart on his sleeve on these warm and earnest songs. Passionate and powerful, these searing tracks place a lot of emotional emphasis into the meat of the EP. Filled with range, Amy’s vocals are especially effusive and heartwarming. Amy has crafted an album that will be sure to resonate with country rock listeners as well as initiating new followers into the genre.
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