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Album Review: Bill Abernathy “More”

On September 29th, the folk-rock scene will stir with the release of Bill Abernathy’s latest album, “More.” The roots rock genre has never sounded so vibrant, so alive. This album, a captivating blend of folk and rock styles, embodies Abernathy’s artistry and gift for creating a musical experience that’s as diverse as it is cohesive.

Meet Bill Abernathy, a gifted singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. His artistry is nothing short of remarkable. Abernathy’s music is as diverse as the Mississippi River itself, flowing through the heart of America, and his latest album, “More,” is testament to this. This project is a rich tapestry of Americana and folk-rock, laden with personal anecdotes, designed to take listeners on an emotive journey.

“More” is an exploration, a deep dive into the roots rock genre. It’s an album that weaves together the many strands of Abernathy’s life, presenting them in an appealing and intriguing way. Some tracks are gentle reflections of times gone by, while others are energetic calls to action. But, in the end, all these songs are tied together by Abernathy’s unique songwriting style.

Produced by Abernathy and famed producer Larry Gann (whose credits include Elton John and The Backstreet Boys), “More” is a personal journey through Abernathy’s life and experiences. It draws upon his fond memories, philosophies, and inspirations, presenting them in a manner that’s both engaging and relatable to a wide audience.

His journey in the music industry was not a straight path. Bill Abernathy’s beginnings were humble, starting in the heartland of America, Kansas City, Missouri. The Midwestern influence is clear in his music, with its heart-on-the-sleeve truthfulness and its grounded, relatable narratives. His upbringing formed the basis of his songwriting with life experiences, personal beliefs, and raw emotions heavily influencing his music.

It’s fair to say that Abernathy’s career has been a series of peaks and valleys. Throughout his career, he has always found solace and inspiration in music. His experiences have shaped him, and in turn, his music. The journey, though long and winding, is reflected in every heartfelt lyric and every soul-stirring melody that Abernathy has penned.

His latest album, “More,” is the culmination of his journey, bringing together all he’s learned and experienced. It’s a reflection of his growth both as a person and as an artist. It’s a testament to his resilience and determination, to his unwavering commitment to his craft, and to his unique ability to spin tales of life, love, and longing into songs that resonate with listeners.

Standout Tracks from the Album

This is the album’s title track. With the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar, the song exudes a warm and comforting ambiance. Abernathy’s contemplative lyrics invite listeners to reflect on life’s potential and uncertainties.

“Hide Away”
“Hide Away,” the album’s standout single, is a powerful fusion of rock and Americana. It starts with a thunderous guitar solo, immediately commanding the listener’s attention, and Abernathy’s gritty vocals cut through the mix. The track’s message of confronting your fears and inner demons serves as a call to empowerment.

“The 70s Were a Little Hard on Me”
Presented in two different versions, this track takes listeners on a journey through Abernathy’s past. The yacht rock version exudes infectious energy with its groovy instrumentation and exuberant vocals. In contrast, the country rock version provides a more reflective and nostalgic take, adding depth to the song without stripping away its charm.

Bill Abernathy is not just a singer. He’s a storyteller. His songs are filled with personal anecdotes and experiences that resonate with listeners. They have a way of transporting you into his world, making you feel as if you’re right there with him, experiencing life through his eyes. And this is where Abernathy’s true talent lies.

However, it’s not just the storytelling that sets Abernathy apart. It’s his ability to convey a wide spectrum of emotions through his songs. Whether it’s the infectious energy of “The 70s Were a Little Hard on Me” or the contemplative nature of the title track, “More,” Abernathy’s music does more than just tell a story – it makes you feel.

There’s an authenticity to Bill Abernathy’s music that’s hard to find these days. It’s not just in the stories he tells, but also in the way he tells them. Every strum, every word, is infused with a sense of honesty that’s as refreshing as it is rare. It’s his authenticity that makes his music so relatable, so compelling.

“More” is indeed a must-listen for fans of rock and country. It’s an album that pushes the boundaries of the roots rock genre, blending elements of folk and rock to create a unique and compelling sound. But more than that, it’s an album that resonates. It’s an album that tells a story – Abernathy’s story.

The album represents Abernathy’s finest work to date. It’s a testament to his skill as a songwriter and his ability to craft songs that resonate on a deeply emotional level. From the introspective title track to the empowering “Hide Away” to the nostalgic “The 70s Were a Little Hard on Me,” this album offers a rich and varied listening experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impact.


–Joe Umberger

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