The words “country music” tend to elicit groans from a lot of folks of respectable taste (metalheads included), in the same vein as the words “bands signed to Victory Records” or “Liturgy” might. But that twinge in our guts is more a conditioned response to the squeaky clean Nashville pop-country scene; real-deal country artists–the Hanks, Waylons, and Merles of the world–deal with social inequality, desolate towns on the edge of life, and relationships gone to hell as well as anything out there.
This is something that Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder) is well aware of, having frequently cited Hank Williams (the first) as a musical reference, and recently collaborating with Wino and Neurosis-bandmate Steve Von Till on a Townes Van Zandt cover album. Now partnered with The Road Home (Noah Landis and Greg Dale) for his latest solo record, Kelly brings a desolation and despair to his music that will resonate with Neurosis fans as much as country and folk aficionados.
To enter to win a copy of The Forgiven Ghost In Me, tell us your thoughts on country music in the comments below, and talk about some of your favorite artists of the genre. This contest will end on the release date of the album at midnight on Tuesday, August 14th. You must have a mailing address in the US or Canada to enter.
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