Marty Brown — American Highway
Label: Plowboy Records
(Available: May 17, 2019)
Once a modern day traditionalist, always a modern day traditionalist. Truthful, honest music doesn’t really age, nor does the artistic sense to sustain it. Thank God.
American Highway is Marty Brown’s first album in two decades. He may have taken twenty years off from recording, but he hasn’t lost any of the instinct and knowledge that we once expected from him. Instead, Brown seems to have only gained from the experience — increasing his powers of observation and storytelling — in the meantime.
This album includes a wide range of songs full of emotion, delivered with consummate musicianship. With this solid return to the studio, Brown shares production credits with Jon Tiven, with whom he co-wrote all of the disc’s ten songs. Kristopher Martin Brown contributed to the songwriting of one particularly catchy track, “I’m On A Roll (Better Than It’s Ever Been.” Every song in this collection has a high degree of flair, each in their own style, yet all of them rooted in traditional country music.
I’m eager to ponder just what might be expected in the future from this expansive talent. “More” is once again an exciting word.