Album Premiere: Mike Stinson, Hell and Half of Georgia

Written by July 16th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Country music is at a bit of a crossroads these days. You have the CMA iteration and the purists who complain it’s too pop, you have “Accidental Racist” and that whole conversation, you have Taylor Swift and whatever genre-lines she’s crossing, and you have singer-songwriters and Americana still tangentially related to the label.

But then you have the honky-tonk variety country, the kind of music that no one, no where will argue is anything but country. And in the honky-tonk world of southern California (and now, Texas), Mike Stinson is king.

His latest album, Hell and Half of Georgia, covers your classic country bases – loyalty (“Died and Gone to Houston”), money struggles (“Box I Take To Work”), heartbreak (“This Year”), general life problems (“Late for My Funeral”) – and with the help of R.S. Fields, ups the roadhouse rock ante while prescribing a liberal dose of the “Texas treatment.”

Stream the album in it it’s entirety below.

  • White Lightnin

    In spite of three previous mostly honky tonk albums, Stinson is hardly a one-trick pony, so there’s really no reason to try to pigeonhole this one as “country.” More like Joe Ely meets Steve Forbert or Bob Dylan. A couple of pure “country” tunes on here, but more Texas roadhouse rock than anything else. Box I Take To Work could be on a Son Volt album and not raise an eyebrow. And there are no other songs out there I’m aware of like “This Year” and “May Have To Do It.” Lyrically, Stinson hooks and hooks deep.

  • Cosmic American Sunday on WRFN

    Is it pure country? Pure rock n roll? I don’t care, Stinson rules!

  • Carolina Chickadee

    Great songwriting like this transcends genre; that’s what makes what Mike Stinson is doing so..damn..good. Head and shoulders above what the average, radio-friendly, Joe will ever aspire to write.

  • Gary Schwind

    Glad to hear new stuff from Stinson. My wife completely hijacked my copy of Last Fool at the Bar and I imagine she’ll probably do the same with this one.

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