Known for his work on the Ten out of Tenn project and success with several songs featured on hit television shows, Nashville’s Trent Dabbs is stepping outside of this shadow with his sixth full-length album, Southerner.
Given the nature of the South, the recalling of self-reflection among a place and its culture or heritage are common qualities, and Dabbs picks his way through these traits in this 10-song compilation.
Growing up in Mississippi and moving to Nashville, the idea of place and home is found in the opening track “Leave To See” with the exploration coming from a different point of view.
In keeping up with influences, “Don’t Blame Love” feels like a throwback to The Beatles while homage is paid to Neil Young in the fitting title “Neil Young.”
Backed by a few howling guitars, this is the loudest track by far on the album with possibly one of the best lines coming in the form of “Call it like I see it, play it like it feels/Make the song so long that even Cortez kills/I’m writing because it’s in me not because it’s fun/I want to be somebody’s Neil Young.”
With an album titled Southerner, there has to be some allusion to religion and this comes through the track “Me & God” while “Can I Cross Your Mind?” and “Follow Suit” act as other standouts on this work.
Ending as quietly as it begins, Dabbs closes out with title track, “Southerner” – a slow and steady mover that showcases a quiet rumble backed by earnest lyrics.
Dabbs will have an album release show Feb. 25 at 12th & Porter in Nashville.
Southerner will be available on CD and vinyl in local record stores and all online retail stores.