With the recent passing of Slim Whitman, one is reminded of the sway held by country music in 1950s Britain. Thus it’s no surprise that Kete Bowers, a native Liverpudlian, would release two new songs (“White River Road” / “Ghosts”) of straight American country as a follow up to his 2010 release, Road. Owing more to the vocal style of Marty Robbins than Whitman, Bowers treats classic country themes with respect and dignity.
Well I’m drunk today
I’ll be drunk tomorrow
I’ve lost friends to the angels
gods and stars
And I guess it comes
As no surprise
You left me with tears
That never dry
Where Road was a more folk-tinged affair, “White River Road” and “Ghosts” are stark country twang, featuring contemporary production that doesn’t gloss over the haunt and heartache contained in these new songs.
Stream and download “White River Road” / “Ghosts” below.