I’m a sucker for folk punk. Being a fan of both genres and seeing the combination of the two result in truly beautiful music gives me the goose-bumps. From Against Me! to Fake Problems to Defiance, Ohio, it just never disappoints me. So when I discovered that Chuck Ragan, the former frontman of Hot Water Music, started a folk rock solo career, I was stoked. Cold Country is Chuck Ragan’s sophomore release and it is definitely one of my favorite albums to be released this year.
“For Goodness Sake” and “Glory” have fantastic choruses that prove the folk punk/alternative country scene is a force to be reckoned with. Both have catchy yet beautiful choruses that are perfect for sing-alongs.
“Don’t Say A Word” and “Ole Diesel” are serene, peaceful and showcase Ragan’s perfectly raspy voice.
All in all this album is perfect for strolling down town on autumn afternoons. It has a tone and attitude very few albums have these days. It’s both aggressive and passionate yet gentle and tranquil. If he keeps this up, Chuck Ragan has potential of being one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of our generation.
Download: For Goodness Sake, Glory, Ole Diesel
Recommended If You Like: Sundowner, Tom Gabel, Fake Problems