Maybe there's something in our national water supply right now, but country-tinged folk is better than it's been than anytime since the 60s/70s. There is a glut of country/folk artists who are tapping into the deep well of Americana traditions without indulging in the worst jingoistic/right-wing tendencies of what counts for Top 40 country today. First Aid Kit, the Lone Bellow, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves...I could go on for a while. And it's time to add another name to this list: Connor Zwetsch
. On her debut EP, What Comes After
, Zwetsch positions herself in the continuing legacy of Emmylou Harris and June Carter Cash.
We're premiering the What Comes After
EP, and from the first notes of "Wasting Water" (the track that contains the lyrics that give the album its name), it's impossible to deny the warm and powerful nature of Zwetsch's voice. The tender emotion of her voice and the way it snakes through the melodies of the tracks on the EP lay their hooks into you immediately. The second track on the EP, "Open Road" is the sort of track Taylor Swift wished she could have written in her country phase with its stark imagery and inviting rural themes.
And the back half of the EP is just as strong with "Candy Bars" and "Back To Boston." The understated and dramatic piano lines of "Candy Bars" brings me immediately back home to family reunions in my native (and super rural) West Virginia. I want to give this EP to all of my family back home and say, "Hey. Listen. Country music can still be this good."
Check out the EP below which comes out tomorrow.