Americana is seeing a lively revival, with roots, folk and country making its way back to the musical limelight.
Case in point, Lady Gaga, JT and Kylie Minogue all made “country” albums in recent years. If the upper echelons of pop are returning to the genre, what does that mean for everyone else? In our collective identity crisis, perhaps it’s a grasping at answers to the bigger questions. For Denver based artist Brent Cowles, truth-seeking is front and center.
A Colorado native, there’s a strong sense that Cowles enjoys both the simple times and the tour life — “drinking beer by the river” and asking those “bigger” questions. This rogue spirit is threaded throughout his latest album and solo debut, How to Be Okay Alone, out June 15 and available for pre-order. The first track of the record, “The Fold” is a soulful good start to a collection of songs that deftly sways between the softer side of folk and rock’s louder tendencies. No matter the volume, there’s heart — a sense that Cowles has experienced the many variations of love and loneliness.
Listen to “The Fold” below and be sure to catch Cowles this summer on tour as he plays select dates with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise.