by Michael Nester
Doug Briney is a hot running artist/band from Nashville. His latest CD is entitled “Super Country Cowboy.” Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense.
Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for someone to make our dreams come true, they are doing it themselves. This latest album by Briney is an extremely bright, cheerful, at times powerful staple that captures the pure essence of Classic Americana/Country at its best.
All 9 tracks provide an intensely exhilarating experience that can put the emotions into submission. In this aspect I think I get Briney. If you’re looking for a sappy love record this may not be for you. If you’re looking for Sugarland – again not for you. If you are looking for something in between – it’s the perfect record for you.
The frontal core member of Briney (Guitar.Vocals) is backed by some very capable players. His voice fits this style of music like a hand in glove. Briney delivers middle ground between sappy love songs and raw honest subject matter. The first 2 tracks (Super Country Cowboy) and (I Get To) are like pouring gasoline on a fire. I guess the closest artist I would compare him to mostly would be Trace Adkins. But I can also hear Toby Keith, Chris Young, and Kenny Chesney, Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, Forest Son and Joshua Radin. Briney also harmonizes well with others and his guitar playing and voice (Especially paired with an acoustic guitar) is a bit magical.
Some feel music is a way to buzz the senses during any activity i/e concerts, clubs, dancing, exercising, getting drunk, all of the above and more – you get it. Some want to hear about love while other listeners want to go deeper and more emotional. From one of their more invigorating “Believe” to more straight forward “Pretty Big Deal’ to folksy “The Money, The Gun, and The Bible” to full tilt “I’m Up” any music fan can find something they would enjoy in this mixture of superlative songs. My favorite tracks are the slow ones “Believe”, “Unknown Soldier” and “The Choices You Make.”
Criticism: Some aspects of the Engineering sound a bit off kilter to me. Especially on High end sound systems. It’s comparable to your face being smushed up against glass.
Doug Briney offers an ample listening environment on “Super Country Cowboy” with a spirited, “I’m going to be myself” sound that will appeal to many. I feel it will encourage the listener to delve in life’s ride, no matter what the circumstance. In this aspect Briney deserve a lot of credit for bringing all that tougher. Briney’s energetic, stimulating sound can be appreciated by anyone that enjoys music, even those who typically may not enjoy one particular style. I enjoyed this album sitting on my couch on full blast, with eyes closed eager to see where the musical journey took me .To be honest I had a few beers as well. This sounds so simple but it’s in this setting Doug Briney ‘s music works its magic best on your senses.
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