Title - 'Real Me'
Artist - Brit Taylor
If you are not in the know, Real Me, Brit Taylor's debut album (just released Cut a Shine Records), is very aptly titled, for the self-reflective, 10-song LP tells of her journey to self-awareness.
Taylor burst onto the scene in the summer with critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Music Row and industry support from the likes of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Grammy-winning producer Dave Brainard and countless others.
Capturing life and pain with poetic ease and plain honesty is what the emerging Americana sensation does well. Simply put, Taylor writes and sings about what she lives, what she knows.
The Dave Brainard-produced album is mindfully crafted to capture Taylor's pure authenticity and her Eastern Kentucky roots. By blending twangy guitars, crying steels, emotional lyrics and sultry vocals, Real Me redefines traditional country music.
1. 'Back In The Fire'
2. 'Real Me'
4. 'Waking Up Ain't Easy'
5. 'Love Me Back'
6. 'Broken Heart Breaks'
7. 'Married Again'
8. 'Leave Me Tomorrow'
9. 'Raggedy Heart'
10. 'Go Down Swingin'
Opening with the gentle, Southern-fried alto storytelling of 'Back In The Fire,' Taylor backs that up seamlessly with the autobiographical, lush ballad 'Real Me,' the anthemic foot stomp of 'Wagon,' the vulnerable, yet ultimately strong essence within 'Waking Up Ain’t Easy,' and then we get Taylor's beautifully smooth, plaintive plea for acceptance on 'Love Me Back.'
Brit Taylor - 'Wagon' Live from Southern Ground
The country waltz of 'Broken Heart Breaks' is up next and is followed by 'Married Again,' which with its free flowing guitar twang giving background homage to ‘Here Comes the Bride,' Taylor’s cheery, high-spirited lyrics and foot-tapping delivery is at its honky tonk-imbued finest here.
Taylor's plea, prayer and a denial of reality comes to the fore in the luxuriant 'Leave Me Tomorrow,' a track that touches both your heart and soul in equal measures, and the album then rounds out with the ornate ballad, and ode to a heart tragically breaking again (and again), 'Raggedy Heart,' closing on the perky and vibrant, traditional Western swing song coupled with an uptown country beat, 'Go Down Swingin.'
Grammy-nominee producer Brainard brought his vision to the album, while musicians like Mickey Raphael and hit songwriter-rock star Dan Auerbach, who co-penned half of the record with Brit, joined in.
The power of Taylor’s music is that it is refreshingly simple yet surprisingly complex. Always true to herself, she continues to tells stories which manage – whether they are dramatic, humorous or heartfelt – to be downright honest.
Indeed, Taylor knows you can’t fake authenticity. Real Me reflects Taylor’s story and, in some way, it is everyone’s story. "It took me 30 years to figure out who the real me is,” Taylor admits. “I’m glad I found her.”
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