Recommendation XXVII: Dan Colehour

Whew, today has been a long day: waking up, working, eating, walking, napping, driving, tennis-playing, eating, music listening, and web surfing. I’ve got a full schedule set for the rest of the whole year: three jobs and I’m already feeling exhausted (I’m currently training for one job, and will start my third job next week).  Right now, it’s a bit late, and while I do have to get to work tomorrow (or, should I say, later this morning since it’s like 1:30am here lol), I felt like writing a new entry right now. Today, I finally received a CD I’ve been wanting for quite a while…

My twenty-seventh recommendation is: Dan Colehour’s “Father’s Son” from his 2007 Straight to the Highway album.  You’re probably like “who’s that?!?“.  He’s probably the only artist I’ve reviewed so far that you haven’t heard of, yet.  Dan is an artist I only know of through one of the album’s special guest vocalists, Ms. Lee Ann Womack (I know, I mention her all the time, get over it.  And I also notice how I call these artists’ by their first names, but whatever lol).   Back when this album was released almost a year ago, I saw that Lee Ann contributed her background vocals to the project but I didn’t know for what songs, so I took a listen to the clips, and liked what I heard.  I could never really find out which song/s she was on, but it didn’t really matter then, because the music was really catchy and worthy of purchasing alone – this Dan Colehour‘s voice was amazingly good.  I figured eventually I’d buy the CD when I had more money, and that time finally came to be this month (though, I don’t really have much money at the moment.  I used a Best Buy gift card my aunt gave me from Christmas that I had forgotten about – it had some credit left on it).  I received the album today and finally got to hear the whole thing.  I’ve been trying to find out more about Dan, and the names, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Knight, kept popping up, when compared to Dan’s style.  I just looked up Chris Knight (I didn’t know who he was, I’m embarrassed to admit) and their voices/styles are similar, and that’s good.  “Father’s Son” is one of the songs on the album that hooked me immediately, as well as the song, “Leaving Meridian” (a heartbreak steel-guitar drenched slow shuffle about leaving a Texan town because of the memories it has).

The song, “Father’s Son” is about a man’s dedication to the tradition of plowing the fields as a farmer, just like his dad and his dad’s dad used to do, and how that’s never gonna change.  That topic is a total departure, lyrically, from the songs in my past recommendations, but I feel strongly about how great it is, so I had to post about it and about the man who sings and co-wrote the song.  The song, theme-wise, is somewhat like that of Craig Morgan‘s “International Harvester” (but not annoying – I can’t stand that song, to be totally honest lol) and Jason Aldean‘s “Amarillo Sky”, in that it’s a tribute to the everyday farmer and the work that he does (there are other farmer songs, of course, but those are the only two I could think of, at the moment).  Dan Colehour is able to illustrate a picture of how it is to be a farmer and how much pride he has in what he does because it’s who he is and it’s part of his’ roots (no pun, intended).  The production is contemporary country, with nice fiddle, fine steel and electric guitar, and drums, and more of an alternative country rock sound I’d say.  Frank Liddell, who is Womack’s husband, produced this underrated album, and does an excellent job with this track.

One side note: the song opens with a boy little girl singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm”, which is cute, (I sang that too when I was little), but I’m not keen towards little kids singing, like I mentioned before in an old post.  So thank God for iTunes, I edited the track to start at approximately “0:21.2” seconds.  Just thought I’d mention that ;) . (It was also brought to my attention that it the little girl is actually Liddell and Womack’s youngest daughter, Anna Lise).

You might recognize “Father’s Son” from a past Montgomery Gentry album.  Their version, based on the clip, isn’t as good as Colehour’s because it feels like it lacks the emotion in Colehour’s version and his voice is obviously superior to theirs.  Troy Gentry seems bored with the tune, but kudos for them for recording it.  Ironically, Chris Knight, who I mentioned above in the second paragraph, also has a songwriting credit in the same album, with his song, “She Couldn’t Change Me”.  Anyway, Colehour has also written songs for Trisha Yearwood (“Love Alone” on her Inside Out album) and for Tommy Shane Steiner (“That Just Wouldn’t Be Me”), which both sound good, so that doesn’t surprise me.  I think Dan Colehour’s work is very underrated and unknown, and if only more people knew about him, he could be big.  I think his voice is pretty distinct and brings his music to another level more than other artists I could say.

Check out his website, and you’ll see on the front page, a link to “Free Downloads”.  The songs, “Still Your Ruth” (with background vocals I’m pretty sure are Womack’s) and “Outlaw, for Sure” are very good, and FREE, so download them as soon as you can!  Besides for the already mentioned, “Leaving Meridian”, the other song that I’d recommend for starters is “Another Man’s Crime” (a story-telling song about how he was wrongly accused of a crime and his run from the law).  The whole album is an enjoyable listen and something I think a lot of people would love.

Thanks for reading!

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Here are the full lyrics to “Father’s Son”, written by Scooter Carusoe & Dan Colehour:

Old white-washed barn door, rain-rusted tin
Straw-packed shirt and blue jeans, hanging in the wind
There’s never time for these bones to mend
Up before the sun dries the frost on my fields
I’ve got this diesel burning, turning these four wheels
Across this land I’ve been handed down
Feel my roots run deep in this ground

So stand me up, tall in this seat
And Lord, help me guide, this plow beneath my feet
And turn this earth over one more time
Some say this way of life is done
Not for my father’s son

Three generations before I ever came
Cut back these timbers and bet their lives on grain
And I wanna see just once, before I die
Us doing more than just barely getting by

So stand me up, tall in this seat
And Lord, help me guide, this plow beneath my feet
And turn this earth over one more time
Some say this way of life is done
Not for my father’s son

Now and then, I walk my fence down by old county road
And I watch the cars go rushing by and disappear like ghosts
Out where the sky meets the amber waves
Well, I’m a rock in this land God made

So stand me up, tall in this seat
And Lord, help me guide, this plow beneath my feet
And turn this earth over one more time
Some say this way of life is done
Not for my father’s son

No, not for my father’s son

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4 Comments

  1. Nice review. Yes, that is Lee Ann on Still My Ruth. Just a point of interest – the child who opens My Father’s Son is Frank and Lee Ann’s daughter.

  2. Hey DC Fan. Thanks for the info. That must be Anna Lise. I thought it was a boy lol. That sure is pretty cool.

  3. O.K. When I listen again, it DOES sound like a little girl lol. That’s really cool, all the connections. I’ll have to fix that in my post.

  4. Wow, this is great stuff, CF. I am definitely going to have to check this out. The more we wait until the release of her new stuff, the more we seem to be finding out what she’s been doing during all that time off. ;-)


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