15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With so many modern country rockers emulating ‘70s pioneers of the genre like the Eagles and CSN&Y, Steve Azar is a non-retro anomaly. "Crowded" kicks off his third album Indianola with a spacey wah-wah guitar and lyrical phrasing that grooves with very subtle hip-hop based rhyming over an organic dance beat played on real drums. It's a forward thinking kind of songwriting that pulls from non-twangy realms, but a weepy pedal steel and Azar's Steve Earlesque drawl are still unmistakably Americana. "Bluestune" may be a misnomer for this twang/funk hybrid, but who cares? You can dance to it and somebody's singing the kind of cartoonish falsettos that make the Bee Gees sound like Josh Turner. And if you like the sort of slow-burning country songs that would well accompany those long stretches of highway on road trips, check out the pretty little title track or the ambitiously titled "Highway 61" where Azar may be opining that all roads start and end with Dylan.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With so many modern country rockers emulating ‘70s pioneers of the genre like the Eagles and CSN&Y, Steve Azar is a non-retro anomaly. "Crowded" kicks off his third album Indianola with a spacey wah-wah guitar and lyrical phrasing that grooves with very subtle hip-hop based rhyming over an organic dance beat played on real drums. It's a forward thinking kind of songwriting that pulls from non-twangy realms, but a weepy pedal steel and Azar's Steve Earlesque drawl are still unmistakably Americana. "Bluestune" may be a misnomer for this twang/funk hybrid, but who cares? You can dance to it and somebody's singing the kind of cartoonish falsettos that make the Bee Gees sound like Josh Turner. And if you like the sort of slow-burning country songs that would well accompany those long stretches of highway on road trips, check out the pretty little title track or the ambitiously titled "Highway 61" where Azar may be opining that all roads start and end with Dylan.

TITLE TIME
3:14
4:04
4:09
3:43
4:34
3:36
6:02
3:55
4:11
2:19
4:59
4:12
4:34
2:55
3:29

About Steve Azar

A product of the Mississippi Delta region, Steve Azar was born April 11, 1964. After moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music, he released his debut album, Heartbreak Town, in 1996. The single "Someday" was a moderate hit on the country charts, and Azar returned in 2001 with the Top Ten country smash "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)." It crossed over to the pop Top 40 in April 2002, and made the album Waitin' on Joe a heatseeker hit as well. Azar has since released two albums on independent labels: 2007’s Indianola on Dang/Ride and 2009’s Slide on Over Here on Ride Records. ~ Jason Ankeny

HOMETOWN
Greenville, MS
GENRE
Country
BORN
April 11, 1964

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