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 the past here on the Independent Spotlight, I’ve lauded Luanne Hunt for her splendid originality and enthusiasm in the realms of country and bluegrass. My penchant for Hunt’s work lies very much in her ability to harness the roots of these genres and exude authenticity. Her music doesn’t align with popular contemporary counterparts in her chosen genres, instead focusing on a more traditional sound. I’ve always loved this about Hunt, and now she’s got a new single out entitled ‘So It Goes,’ penned by her and her husband. Let’s dig into it!
Hunt is a fascinating figure because her work has garnered her accolades all across the world - usually in places she isn’t even occupying. She was recently inducted into the Independent Superstars Hall of Fame in South Africa, she won a slew of recent American songwriting awards, and she was featured on the cover of WHISNews21, the fastest growing music magazine in the UK. ‘So It Goes’ has also landed itself a spot at the top of Europe’s premier Top 200 country music chart for the month of August.
As expected, Hunt’s production for ‘So It Goes’ is top notch. She’s backed by a very well performed band that’s manning a very traditional set of instruments. Steel guitars, country-style harmonies, and slick electric guitar riffs occupy the soundscape without ever extending their reach too far. Hunt feels perfectly comfortable in her musical domain, and nothing spirals out of control as a result of that. I’ve compared her to the likes of Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris in the past - I think those parallels still stand.
‘So It Goes’ is well written, too. It toys with a bit of pop sensibility in its execution, making it easy to sing along to. The song explores a man’s emotions after an “alligator” of a woman has taken a bite out of heart. It’s the kind of music you’d hear when tuning into the Grand Ole Opry in 1962. That speaks volumes, too, because the style holds up so magnificently well. Hunt never has to worry about her music feeling dated to true country music fans.
‘So It Goes’ is another wonderful entry in Luanne Hunt’s catalog. She continues to produce immensely high quality tunes that are injected with her infectious personality and songwriting style. The song also precedes her new album, ‘The Heart of it All.’ Check out her music below!