Well, it feels like this is going to be the year of the amazing country infused singer/songwriter. We kicked off the year featuring The Wood Brothers, and now we have something insanely special to share with you all. Today we are featuring an amazing album from a guy who instantly stole my musical heart. His name is Andrew Sheppard, and his album Steady Your Aim is a prime example of a truly soulful cat who can, to put it bluntly, write the fuck out of a song!
I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Steady Your Aim, I was just looking to give it a chance. And god dammit if I didn’t give a little gasp of fear when the playlist ran through to competition without even realizing. So, I ran through another listen. And then another. And then another. And….you get the point. While some may wish to strip down Sheppard’s work as a collection of Country melodies, I feel very strongly that this is a wrong assumption. There is an essence of rockabilly and old school guitar screeching business that is undeniably strong throughout Steady Your Aim. And the songwriting! Sheppard writes songs that are deliberate, thoughtful, and quick (every song is under 4 minutes!). And he does it flawlessly!
The title track, “Steady Your Aim”, is an obvious hit single. But, to ignore a more hardcore track like “Lies As Cheap As Whiskey” or twangy “Here at the Bottom” would simply be irresponsible. Steady Your Aim is an album loaded with perfectly written melodies for every mood imaginable. Whether your filled with booze and joy, or dealing with darkness (with booze?) there is something here for you. It’s early in the year, but I have to call it…..Steady Your Aim will be known as one of the best albums of 2018. No arguments.
Steady Your Aim will be available for download or however you listen to music on March 23rd. -TRAINWRECK'D SOCIETY