Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Luanne Hunt, an independent singer songwriter who’s made her mark in the folk and country scenes. She’s scored numerous hits throughout her career, and the industry veteran was recently lauded for her Christmas tune, ‘Christmas Without You.’ Hunt has weathered the ups and downs of the music scene for over twenty years. One of her newer endeavors, ‘Bluer Than the Bluegrass,’ is an exhibition of that talent at its finest. Let’s delve into it.
I want to make one thing clear right out of the gate - I get hundreds of singer songwriters submitting content to the Independent Spotlight. Last year in 2015, we showcased as many of them as we could. The problem, though, is that they’re often far too similar, blending into a collective stereotype devoid of new creativity. Luanne Hunt is a breath of fresh air in this regard. ‘Bluer Than the Bluegrass’ is superb in more ways than one, showcasing that she’s not only one of the best singer songwriters in the indie scene right now, she may be one of the most compelling artists in the entirety of it.
‘Bluer Than the Bluegrass’ is splendidly produced. Everything in the mix is elegantly orchestrated and the instrumentation is excellent. Hunt’s vocals are perfect, wholly reminiscent of the best country folk artists of the twentieth century. The track also boasts a soundscape of brevity; it doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t. It’s traditional, it’s light hearted, and it’s authentic. No dramatic bluegrass soloing or excessively showboat vocalism is necessary. It is what it is - nothing more, nothing less.
There isn’t a whole lot of music like this right now, either. Contemporary country has become oversaturated and particularly poppy - as many say, modern country is just pop music with a twang. This, however, is so genuine. You don’t see new artists performing new music like this; they’re either playing covers or they’re legacy acts touring a family’s catalog. (Rosanne Cash, Holly Williams, Amy Helm, etc.)
Check out the track below and support Luanne Hunt. She’s quite the talent, and this track is just absolutely lovely.