Houston-based A-Blake Records recording artist Jason Cassidy has put together a solid collection of songs with his new record, "My Redemption." The Texas-bred troubadour calls his sound "traditional country with a honkytonk edge." It's a very fitting description as my thoughts upon first listen were that this was something I could imagine hearing blaring out the doors of the honkytonks on lower Broadway in Nashville.
The first track, "Can't Take Me From Your Memory," reminded me of something Dusty (AKA George Strait) would have sung in the movie "Pure Country." As I did more reading up on Cassidy, I discovered that George Strait is his main inspiration. Not surprising, seeing as much of the record sounds very influenced by the King of country.
"No Good Together" is reminiscent of Garth Brooks and that '90s country I love so much. He is definitely a country traditionalist; I appreciate that. You're not going to find any guest appearances by rappers on this record (sorry, Jason Aldean).
The album's first single was "Sounds Like an Angel to Me," which made its way into the top 20 on the Texas Music Chart. The follow-up single, "Honkytonk Heaven," shines brighter than any other song on the record. It pays tribute to country renegades like Waylon, Cash, Lefty, and the Drifter himself. Cassidy hopes to one day be able to sing this song with Jamey Johnson, who he counts as one of his greatest influences.
If you're looking for new country music with a classic flare, I suggest giving Jason Cassidy a listen. I think you'll like what you hear.