For the average Broadway tourist wearing brand new 2-for-1 boots, the name Wayd Battle probably just sounds more like the latest scent of Axe body spray. And even a true Country music fan may stumble at the name while sounding vaguely familiar. And yet, Wayd Battle has been at the epicenter of Nashville's authentic Country music scene for the last 20 years.
Battle notched an impressive start to his career as a touring guitarist for break-out artist Jamey Johnson, as a songwriter with cuts by Jerrod Niemann and The Kentucky Headhunters and even scoring a production credit on the Award-Winning Jamey Johnson album "That Lonesome Song" featuring hit song "In Color." As fame often does, it took it's hero down. Wayd spiraled into a well-known, to the Broadway circuit, fight with substance abuse. Without getting into the nitty gritty details, he met rock bottom when the former SESAC award winner found himself living in a homeless community in greater Nashville.
With the release of "Powerless," Wayd has signaled his prodigal return to music as well as sobriety. The thirteen-song album is chocked-full of skillfully written, brutally honest tracks. Much like fellow Music Row warrior Travis Meadows, this album covers the topics of redemption, confession and living with and learning from choices gone wrong. The projects bleeds Country music.
4 out of 4 Twangs.
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Today marks the inaugural edition of the game "Where's The Country" where all readers are contestants! All you have to do is point out the 1 attribute that makes a modern song "Country".
Yes, obviously this sounds really challenging considering most modern Country songs have lyrics written about the suburbs and even when there is a “Country” instrument it feels more like the Starbucks cup on Game of Thrones: somewhere between awkward product placement and pure accident.
Lets getting this started with song number one!
Dan + Shay "Tequila"
At first listen most people from all around the world would quickly assume this duo was a just bubble gum, Disney pop group opening for Justin Bieber. You know, because they RELEASED a song with the guy! But you would so wrong! These guys are clearly musical descendants of Lefty Frizzel himself and moved to Nashville to carry on the roots and tradition that built Music City.
See below for answer!