I don't know why when I look at the release date for Austin Allsup's latest project, I see Austin Allsup.
Maybe it's the commonality of his slender build and that of the number one. Maybe it's that his intials are A.A. and the letter A is the first (1) number of the the alphabet? Guess what. Neither.
I just thought of that and thought it sounded cool, poetic and deep. Isn't that the way these CD review's are supposed to read? All deep and just far enough over someone's head that the common fan of music can only grasp at a nugget or two of information to use in deciding whether or not it's worth a listen.
Sorry. I am out on all that mess and here is my take straight forward.
Just me talking.
You want to impress me? I have three criteria.
Austin Allsup's Sink or Swim... Check mark, check mark, check mark.
Does Austin have an advantage because of his bloodline. Maybe. Has he ever leaned on that and used it for his own gain. Nope. Lyrics are strong and mean a lot to Austin. They come from deep, deep, deep within.
Scars have been violently ripped open for all to hear about. The music behind the lyrics is just cool. I can't write it or play it but I can feel it. Unique. Every bit.
I can't tell you how many times I have had the "watered down Texas / Red Dirt music scene" conversation with fans and "professionals". My goodness some of you need to start paying mom and dad back their front money and get your career rolling. That said, Austin is just the opposite. He can sing! Top to bottom he carries all notes. No one else can scream, on key, like Austin. He follows no paths. He blazes his own. Advice on the way is welcome.
Austin is still considered somewhat of a newbie although he has been at this for sometime. If more MD's, PD's and SM's would take the risk, he would have the accolades he deserves by now.
If you're not out in front looking for something cool and instead just eating what's fed to you, fans and "professionals" alike, I feel bad for you and for so many sincerely talented people like Austin Allsup.
Sink or Swim. It' s up to you now. That's just me talking.