Love finding things as recommendations from artists I’m into and this one comes as the second high rec from Nashville’s Teddy and the Rough Riders. The Riders have played quite a few shows with him and it’s clear to see that there’s plenty of crossover in the barbecue stomp and dirt road roots that rise up on “Green, Green Sky.” The Kernal excels in finding that sweat box rumble in the genre, peeling away the high gloss shine off radio ready boots that seem to populate the pop country stock box. With a bit of rockabilly caught in their teeth, the band plays this one to inspire a heavy rotation on the bar jukebox for the night. Though with the steady crop of singles that have been filtering out before I caught up, The Kernal show plenty of other shades as well, turning down the lights for a smokey-eyed duet with Caitlin Rose and letting a bit of Three Dog Night’s humor and hubris light up the album closer, “Super (Marijuana) Wal-Mart.” The upcoming debut Listen to The Blood is out January 14th from Single Lock Records.
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