CD Review: American Young – American Young

American Young
American Young is grabbing the listeners attention with their songs
Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight, Aint Looking for Love, God Sends a
Train, Love Is War, Soldier’s Wife (Don’t Want You To Go)
American Young marks the creative artist statement
for the duo Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone.  It’s not just an expression of
creativity.  It goes deeper than
that.  It’s their commitment and
integrity and it stems from the authority with which they write and express
themselves.  Both are seasoned musicians,
song-writers and entertainers.  Their
musical chemistry was evident the moment they formed American Young.  Before signing to Curb Records and working
together, Osmunson was with a band named Bomshel while Stone took center stage
as solo act, song writer and producer . Together they created songs about the
beauty of falling in love and dealing with the difficult phases of a
relationship. The duo take the fiddle, guitar combination to a whole new level
as they expand the boundaries of country music.
Cutting communication after a breakup is
necessary to heal and move on, but there are things so difficult to
control.  “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight” delves
into seeing an ex and actually bringing back old feelings.  It is a sad song in which Osmunson plays eloquently
a very nice violin part. “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight” is Jon Stone’s
collaboration with Lee Brice and Billy Montana. 
The melody of the violin and guitar in “Ain’t Looking For Love”  reverberated richly in my ears burying a
great sound.  The freshness of the tune
is combined with verve and a touch of impatience lyric wise which gives a
lively and sparkling sound.  The duo’s
voice blending, interwoven with excellent violin’ and guitar’s soulful tune is
enchanting.  “God Sends a Train” strikes
an emotional chord.  Kristy Osmunson blew
me away with her deeply personal track as she looked inward and wrote a song
about her relationship with her mother.  She
sings with vulnerability and defiance, complemented by drum loops.  She captures just the right tone in this dark
song, but found healing as she sings and shares about her difficult childhood
memory.  The sentiment was genuine.  As the song goes, “Cause sometimes God sends
a whisper carried in on the rain and when we don’t wanna listen, sometimes God
sends a train.  The message is loud and
clear, we need to re-evaluate life and position our hearts to hear God’s still
and small voice.  The down-tempo “Love Is
War” is all about the complications of love, something that isn’t easy to
handle.  “Soldier’s Wife (Don’t Want You
To Go)” starts off with a lovely digital piano and drum beat.  It details the feelings of the soldier’s wife
when he goes off to war.  The raw emotion
of the lyric makes it an expression of sacrifice and struggle seeping through
you.  The drums speak of complex ways and
war fields while the piano brings out fear of being left alone.  The duo American Young showcases
the capabilities of their voices. 
surrounds their soaring harmonies with enticing fiddle, shimmering guitar and
lush drum sound bringing nice melody blends. 
They continued to write catchy and passionate style country music to
further their impressive songwriting and expand their repertoire.
Journalist, Country Music News International 

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