Gary Pratt’s new single, “Country To The Bone”, has been released, a country tune that’s boldly country as is its singer. It’s a cut from his album “Something Worth Remembering”, and thus it’s time for us to take a magnifying glass to the tune to see if it lives up to the namesake of its album.
Country as a genre has been rather divisive in the current day, mainly due to many modern representations having lost their direction and incorporating aspects from other genres in an attempt to create something new. While it’s admirable that people are trying to keep things fresh, it unfortunately dilutes just what makes country good and appealing.
Gary Pratt is having none of that, thankfully. The grizzled performer shows off just how good old fashioned country music should sound with “Country To The Bone”. It’s as country as a song gets, down to the musical progression and vocal performance from the singer himself, and it results in a roaring good time.
Pratt is clearly a man who is proud of where he’s from and wears his influences on his sleeve if it wasn’t already obvious. As he sings “I’m country, down to the bone,” there’s a certain swagger to his delivery that pumps his charisma through the roof. Country works best when the artist is seeping with bravado and character, and this guy’s got it in spades.
The roaring instrumentals in the background contribute greatly to the feel good atmosphere that the song fosters. Rolling guitars and raging percussion spearhead the melody and rhythm, but it’s also very comforting. It feels like the song is a slice of home, which we assume was exactly the intention here.
It helps that everything is quite nicely arranged and mixed, with the instruments never overtaking the vocals but still being fundamental to the tune’s vibe and feel. Kudos to the sound producer on this one, it’s all done very well.
Overall, “Country To The Bone” serves as a reminder of what classic country music should sound like. Gary Pratt is as country as they come, and he’s proved it with this single. We can’t wait to what else he has cooking up in his country kitchen!
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