I have always loved the state of Texas and now there is yet another reason – John David Kent came from Texas and plays there – a lot! He is a rising star on the country music scene – the real deal – country to the bone and all the other adjectives that can possibly encompass a huge voice in the music business. JDK hails from Greenville, TX, currently lives in Celeste, TX and is moving to Spicewood, TX even as his music moves into Nashville, TN if he and his fans have anything to do with it! His sophomore album, “Before The Sun Comes Up” showcases his unique talent to take you down a country road, into a bar and back out again at the break of dawn while making you feel like you’ve actually just done it all!
For beginners, John David Kent as pretty much done it all himself. He has already been on a world tour and he signed to a major record label when he was the tender-foot age of 16. He built his own studio, started his own label (Blackland/Roustabout Records), played on Letterman and Conan and had a band that produced three top 20 singles on the Texas charts and had a hit video on CMT Pure Country.
“Before The Sun Comes Up” takes you on a summer tour of the teenage years – ok, well maybe older when he gets into the honkey-tonks – but you get the idea. Freedom. Driving. Partying until the dawn breaks. Who can resist what memories and images these songs will produce as he opens for Merle Haggard or travels to festivals in France? His road trip is taking all of us away in this new album. “Before The Sun Comes Up”, the titled song from the album is a sometimes rocking, sometimes swaying version of what we all love to do before that old sun rises! It’s an upbeat song about driving down the lost highway promising we’ll be together. I can just envision those long Texas highways living for the minute, with your hand on mine…..
“Country Twang” is full of cowboy boots and turning the local honky tonks upside down just having a great time. He has a beautiful Texas twang going on in this song accompanied by a band that sounds just like they all walked out of a honky tonk. The song is about a gal who likes to party hard and her Daddy hates it when she goes to town and she’ll put a spell on you if you give her a chance!! The song is hard country with a twang and fits his voice completely.
“Last Call” is just what it says – last call at the bar with strong instrumentals as everybody parties until the break of dawn. Get down, get dirty, get going – party, party and party some more. This song will not allow you to stay in your seat for very long. I have not seen JDK in person but I would bet he is having a blast and having a ball while getting on with this song!
This awesome album rounds out with “Leaving Without You” (a lovely ballad),” Struck a Nerve”, “Should Have Just Let Me Go”,” Free to Drive”, “Until We Turn Around”, “Fight For You” and ”A Little Less Lonely”. You can order the CD from his website www.johndavidkent.com or iTunes download. You can follow him on Revernation, Facebook and Twitter as well as YouTube videos of this gregarious country persona. Go on – get ya some JDK today! You’ll love it!
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