by Rick Moore
In an era when country music is often compared to bad pop, there are still a few practitioners of the music out there who are true to its roots. One of these is James Carothers, an up-and-comer out of the Desert Southwest whose gutbucket baritone and old-style country sensibilities revolve around emotion and real-life situations, as opposed Pro Tooled-songs about partying all weekend in the back of a truck with no consequences.
On Honky Tonk Land, Carothers and his deep, smoky baritone show the influence of the legends, like Hank, Johnny and Waylon, and people who wrote and sang the music that made country more of an art form, something that shaped a segment of society, and less of a product to help sell a particular beer. When Carothers sings about how today’s country singers “must not drink quite as much as me” on the song “New Country Singers,” he’s not just going for a belly laugh, but a punch in the gut. With eight self-penned sings – well, almost eight, his dad wrote one – Carothers stays true to the music he obviously loves, pure country music that is becoming more and more scarce every day.
James Carothers stands out as a bright star in an otherwise dark country sky. If you’re a fan of traditional country, check out Honky Tonk Land. No rapping here, just good, true country singing.
For more, visit www.jamescarothers.com
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