The Path I Chose to Walk by Humbletown: Album Review
Humbletown’s immersive country album “The Path I Chose to Walk” is filled with tender melodies and remarkable bluegrass arrangements. Every track on the album has a delicate mixture of country, fingerstyle acoustic, and soulful singing performances.
As the album opens up with “Hold You Up” the groovy presence of banjos and subtle acoustic rhythms will paint a picture of lush landscapes and open road travels. Humbletown’s singers have serene and soothing voices that beautifully vibe with the country and indie music theme of the album. Hearing tracks such as “Drink to the Desert” elated me, ‘cause the virtuoso presence within the instrumentation was a delight to hear. The short time signatures of the strumming and the vocal style felt quite poetic and had a fitting melody for the song title. “Sunshine in the Rain” had a more emotional backdrop with a gripping blues feel. The softness within the guitar plucking truly gave a vibe pertaining to a lullaby.
Ending the album with “Long Way to the Ground” and “Vines” was a pleasant exit. Mixing genres such as bluegrass style playing, Americana, and excellent guitar solos to uplift your mood, the former track hits each note with precision and accuracy. The last track had a vintage aura about it, that reminds you of the picturesque view of the old country and the melodies that graced it. Sliding guitar mechanics are used here and adds a brilliant touch of Robert Johnson-inspired blues.
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Photo credits: Morgan Carnes, Destyn Humann
Review by: Damien Reid