When the country music underground was really taking form in the late 90’s and early 2000’s behind artists like Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Dale Watson, and Hank Williams III, another big name with a sound that hearkened back to the classic era of country and had fans raving was Joey Allcorn. His 2006 album 50 Years Too Late remains one of the standout and defining releases from the era.
But after releasing his 3rd album Nothing Left to Prove in 2014, Allcorn signaled he had made his point about the benefits of classic country and had given back as best he could, and was moving on to greener pastures. However for the last year or so, Allcorn has been plotting a comeback, and he’s recently released his first music in six years with a couple of singles, the latest called “Same Ol’ Blues” (listen below).
Joey Allcorn says the song “…definitely hearkens back to the hillbilly / early honky tonk era of country music. As always, had some phenomenal players on this one; David Roe Rorick, Shawn McWilliams, Stuart Duncan, Eddy Dunlap and Sol Philcox-Littlefield laid down some solid, old school hillbilly sounds on this one!”
The new song is part of a 6-song EP that Joey Allcorn will be releasing exclusively through his website and in physical form Wednesday, May 20th called State of Heartbreak. He’s limiting copies to 250 total, and this will be followed by a second EP later down the line that will eventually be combined into a full blown LP.
Frustrated by the unsustainable business models for making music and the poor streaming payouts, Joey Allcorn recently started a Patreon account, and is releasing his music in this unique way in hopes of supporting himself and his music into the future. New tracks will be made available digitally over time, but direct supporters and buyers will get to hear the music first.
Along with a performer, Joey Allcorn is also a strong country music preservationist and Hank Williams fan who has worked closely with institutions such as the Hank Williams Museum and other places to keep the music and memories of classic country alive.
If you like the sounds of 50’s country, especially the moans and the unique sound of the stand up pedal-less steel guitar indicative of Hank Williams and early Hank3, Joey Allcorn will be right down your alley.
- By: Triggerman (May 19, 2020)