In a time when routine studio musicians and formulated arrangements make country music stale, rising star Davey T Hamilton's album Dixie Road is a breath of fresh air. It is the first Album that I have listened to since the Beatles (White Album) where I enjoyed every song. The entire album was recorded in a studio Hamilton set up by maxing out six credit cards. Its incredibly diverse sound displays a unique blend of Country, Pop, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Retro, and Punk.
As I listened to Hamilton's Dixie Road, I found myself lost in the songs, not just the music. Every song on the album is incredibly strong in subject content while pushed and prodded by lyrics that are convincingly and passionately delivered. Hamilton had a hand in co-writing all 13 songs with veteran songwriter Chris Gantry as well as arranging,producing, performing, engineering, and mixing the entire album on his own. His resolute tenor and dazzling arrangements shine as he breathes real passion into pop-tinged tunes Long Night Journey and Gonna Hold You which could both easily be at home on Pop Top 40 and Modern Country radio. The title track Dixie Road fuses an explosive drive reminiscent of Jerry Reed meets Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Keith Urban and brings back a much needed anthem to the South. What a Woman Does and Too Good to Be Right display a depth to Hamilton's artistry that is rare at such a young age. And then there is Lonesome Traveler and Movin where you hear an undeniable mix of rock and country a la (the Beatles meet Dwight Yoakam). I took a deep breath and relaxed as Hamilton took me back to the 50's with Angel in You. Unexpectedly, I was hit with the in your face Dangerous. It was like listening to the old Sun Recordings of Elvis and I had to get up and move! Closing the Album is the mesmerizing Mi Amor Verdadero which stands in a class of its own.
Hamilton is so talented, likeable, and good-looking that it's hard not to hate him. The quality and style of Dixie Road demonstrates how much he has grown as a singer and a songwriter since his 10 month old debut 25 4 Life. He is as skilled at writing songs as he is at singing them. And his arrangement and production skills are nothing short of prodigy, considering he started playing music 5 years ago. What I find so amazing is that Hamilton covers so much musical territory and he does it convincingly.
After listening to Dixie Road I believe Hamilton could take his music in any direction he wanted to and his versatile talent would probably work for him.
I tip my hat off to MSN-CNET for their online statement "In a perfect world, Hamilton would have already sold a million records." I couldn't agree more! Hamilton is sure to find a niche' in the hearts of music fans, of all genres, around the world. He has it all. Looks, talent, charisma, compassion and like all truly great artists, he just gets better with time. I think it is a perfect world and Davey T Hamilton is well on his way to selling a million records!