Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are selling out shows left and right, breaking their own records. New artists like William Michael Morgan, Sturgill Simpson, Tony Jackson, Whitey Morgan, Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson and Mo Pitney are becoming fast favorites, even in the "younger demographic". Country music isn't about an age range or what's the biggest trend, it's about the music. Country music as a whole is it's own trend and people want to hear it, ALL styles of it, but lately it seems that fans are crying out for what country music was based on, tradition and simple honesty.
New artist JAMES WESLEY sings all styles of county, he can rock it up with an energetic song like "Walking Contradiction" and he can bring a traditional country fan to their knees with his renditions of country simplicity the way it was meant to be like this recent post on his Facebook page of "The Way I Am" by one of country's most complicated, yet honestly simple artists, Merle Haggard. The post has had over 41,000 views in the 4 days since being posted and those numbers keep climbing. That has to say something about what country music fans want to hear and what they like. They can like their "bro country" or their "pop country", that's fine, but don't think that's all they want to hear. His impromptu "real" performances like this and his live shows draw the attention of all ages, fans of all styles of country and from all areas of the country. There isn't anything about James that isn't country - he's from the country, he hunts, he fishes, he's about farming and supporting the farmer, he drives an old truck, he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He believes in family, he believe in God, he loves his mama, and he respects the genre that is country music.
Go check him out, you won't be disappointed. Personally, I love to see more of him and I know a HUGE groups of fans would too. I also think he'd be a great addition to the upcoming tribute to Merle Haggard on April 6 in Nashville.
Ok, I'll quit rambling, just go check him out. He's on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.