Dillon Carmichael, rising artist and songwriter in Nashville dropped his latest project, Son Of A last Friday (October 22nd) and whether you are a fan of great songwriting, traditional country music, or both – you are going to fall in love with this album.
Carmichael, a Kentucky native has grown up in a musical family, both of his uncles being successful in the business (John Michael Montgomery and Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry) so this career path was always inevitable for him. His incredibly powerful voice carries throughout the project, highlighting expert songwriting and storytelling.
Cowriting seven of the fourteen tracks, Son Of A is a true testament to the artist that Carmichael has aspired to become since making the move to Nashville. Some of the genre’s biggest hit writers are featured including HARDY, Ashley Gorley, Jessi Alexander, Casey Beathard, Rhett Akins and so many more. Combining their skillset and Carmichael’s emotional delivery, the project soars.
Flawlessly blending the flair of 90s country with a modern twist, songs like “Hot Beer” and “Big Truck” that open up the album set the precedent that although he is heartfelt, this country crooner is also here for a darn good time. “I’m a big fan of ’90s country. You can hear that in all of my music, so it was an honor to write ‘Big Truck’ with David Lee Murphy, one of the heavy hitters from that decade,” Carmichael explains in a press release. “The song basically makes fun of people who drive big trucks, myself included – with some tongue-in-cheek moments throughout that still make me laugh when I sing them.”
The title track, “Son Of A” tells the tale of his hardworking parents and the gratitude he has for them, even featuring his mother on background vocals. During his performance last week at The Grand Ole Opry, fans gave Carmichael and his mother a well-deserved standing ovation after his performance of that one, proving that his authenticity is something truly special.
There is no shortage of love songs or heartbreak tunes on Son Of A, particularly “Somewhere She Ain’t” a heartfelt ballad about wanting to escape the memories of an ex, and then the juxtaposition of “Baby I Would”, the album’s closer has Carmichael’s smooth as honey vocal making you wish he was singing directly to you.
A well-rounded, cohesive project, Son of A gives fans a little bit of everything with songs for each stage of life, transporting the listener right back to his roots and showcasing his incredible talent.
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