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 evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our gaze onto Luanne Hunt for the second time. Previously, I lauded Hunt in January for her single ‘Bluer Than the Bluegrass,’ which was a splendid excursion through original style country folk musings. Now, her tune ‘Texas Tears’ continues that lineage with wonderful elegance. Let’s dig right into it.
The most important aspect of Hunt’s music, which I emphasized earlier this year, is her authenticity. This feel like country music straight out of the heart of America; something sorely lacking in the popular modern avenues of the genre. Hunt’s production is always so slick and she harnesses that classic style while also attaching it to a wholly contemporary vehicle.
‘Texas Tears’ was written by Hunt’s husband twenty years ago and they’ve waited two decades for the right ‘moment’ to release it. Former Righteous Brothers keyboardist, Hal Ratliff, came up with the piano arrangement. His prowess is beautifully understated, never overpowering Hunt’s presence in the song. The instrumental highlight of the piece is actually the superb electric guitar that dances in and out of the soundscape. It’s reminiscent of the famous Bill Kirchen’s performance style.
Hunt’s husband penned a song that fits his wife like a glove. It’s a very clean, organized song bound to create nostalgia for a bygone era of country. I’d align the writing with that of perhaps Tom T. Hall. It’s always important to remember that early American country was essentially blues. (To be entirely frank, it was blues that white people related to.) ‘Texas Tears,’ at its core, is absolutely a blues song.
‘Texas Tears’ is a modern ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis.’ From the lovely harmonies to the excellent production, everything accentuates Hunt’s presence as an interpreter perfectly. It’s very much worth spinning on Sound Clound below. Check it out and follow Luanne Hunt on social media and her site, too!