“It Might Be The Whiskey”
Publishing: Saint And Sinner Publishing
Publishing Affiliation: BMI
Album Title: It Might Be The Whiskey
Record Label: Saint And Sinner
Dont you just really miss country music, sometimes? The shuffles, two-steps and blue yodels, the twin fiddles and sobbing steel guitar. Unadorned and direct, country voices that sing heartfelt songs about real peoplesongs that soar with hope, crackle with laughter, or just profoundly and completely break your heart. If you miss the heart and soul of real country music in voices like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and even Charlie Daniels, John Conlee and Hank, Jr., youre going to love Dennis Ledbetter. A Louisiana native and a lifelong student of country music (the real stuff), Dennis Ledbetter brings a fresh, but achingly familiar voice to the stage and radio airways. His classic instrumental arrangements and vocal style harken back to country music of the 1970s and 80swhen the genre still had its trademark twang and was damn proud of it, thank you very much. . On July 2, 2018 Saint and Sinner Records is released a new EP for Dennis Ledbetter. It is a 4 song EP. If you enjoyed the first two CDs you are going to love this one. Country is almost an understatement. The title cut, It Might Be the Whiskey, is a new original song from unapologetically country singer, exploring the pain of knowing you screwed up a perfectly great relationshipand now theres no going back and fixing it. This song was released to radio on November 12, 2018. The second cut, Ill Let the Bottle Kill Me (Before Her Memory Does), written by Brad Howard, contains the essentials of a hard-hitting, traditional country song. The third song, and the first single released from the EP is JDs My Whisky (Not My Name), a tune that his brother Ken Ledbetter inspired many years ago and was co-written by Dennis Ledbetter and Chris Bellamy. Theres something undeniably satisfying about a cryin in your beer country shuffle that sports twin fiddles and a no-frills lead guitar laying down the heartbreak beat. The final song on the EP, That Aint Country, will explain difference between modern bro country music and the authentic article as preached by Conway, Haggard and Jones, this new song from Dennis Ledbetter and Chris Bellamy will spell out all you need to know. Country radio has fallen in love with Dennis Ledbetters music. The debut album, If You Drive Me to Drinking (Ill Buy the Gas),generated five #1 singles on the New Music Weekly internet charts. His sophomore CD, My Life Is a Country Song, garnered three #1 singles on the same charts. JDs My Whiskey Not My Name reached the #1 spot on the New Music Weekly Main Chart and Internet Main Chart. The 21st Annual Academy of Western Artists nominated Ledbetter in several categories for 2016: Pure Country Male Artist, Pure Country Album, and Pure Country Song for Open a Vein and Motel Blues. The 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists awarded Ledbetter with the Pure Country Song of the Year in 2017 for the song, Tell Me Im Wrong. The 23rd Annual Academy of Western Artists nominated Ledbetter in several categories for 2018. Pure Country Male Artist, Pure Country Album for the EP It Might Be the Whiskey, and Pure Country Song for It Might Be the Whiskey, Ill Let the Bottle Kill Me (Before Your Memory Does), JDs My Whiskey Not My Name, and That Aint Country. Good songs and storiesthe ones that leap through the lines of music to touch your heart with characters that seem as real as the friends and family you interact with every dayarent portrayed effectively in shallow, bro-country ditties with a five-note vocal range, predictable lyrics, screaming rock n roll guitars and heavy drums. The kind of country songs that Ledbetter writes and sings are the ones that can be a little tough to get through without tearing up because theyre so incredibly sad and true-to-life. As a country singer and also a songwriter, Dennis opens a vein, and lets true life stories and emotions flow. Ledbetter and his Unapologetically Country band are entertaining, yes. But theres more to their music than that. The simple, yet poignant lyrics, the singers unapologetically, stone cold country vocals, and the steely glint of blue eyes that peer out from beneath the wide brim of a real cowboy hat. These things consistently and completely grab listeners by the heart and pull them into a song. Ledbetter is a working mana skilled steam turbine engineer of 42 years who chooses his words carefully before speaking, or singing. His word is his bond, and his trad-country perspective isnt an act or a costume chosen for a polished, retro CMT video. Dennis has loved country music all of his life. Hes spent years onstage at honkytonks and clubs in the South, honing his craft and earning the years and miles that show in his authentic voice. Friends and fans will be pleased to hear Ledbetters third album, which is now available to radio and available for sale in all digital formats including CD Baby, Amazon, & ITunes.
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