Records newcomer William Michael Morgan becomes the latest
neo-traditionalist country artist to break out. Ironically, the song was
written by and originally intended for a Sam Hunt record (it appeared
on his acoustic mixtape in a different form) but with William Michael
Morgan, it is a stone country ballad in the Randy Travis/Keith Whitley
tradition. The song is one of six tracks found on this EP, the
Vicksburg, Mississippi 22 year old’s debut record.
If you love that song and think the other five songs on the Scott
Hendricks and Jimmy Ritchey produced project would be anything but
honest to God country music, well, you’re in for a surprise as they very
much are Real. Country. Music. “Beer Drinker” has a easygoing feel to
it while “Cheap Cologne” has more than a nod melodically to the sensual
love songs from the 70s/80s catalogs of Ronnie Milsap and Conway Twitty.
“Back Seat Driver” is another strong showing as is likely next single
“Vinyl.” In this track I hear hints of classic stars like Gene Watson
and current stars like Easton Corbin and Chris Young.
As great as those songs are, it is “Lonesomeville” that showcases his
potential stardom. I hear echoes of Daryle Singletary in the vocals
along with the Whitley-ism. It’s a beautiful vocal and a beautifully
nuanced melodic track with lonesome fiddle fills and tear in your beer
At just six songs, William Michael Morgan is short but every
song is satisfying. This is an EP that hopefully suggests great things
are still ahead for the newcomer. It’s taken a while for “I Met A Girl”
to catch on but it still is doing well for a newcomer with a sound not
all too favored by modern country radio but there’s still room and a
place for this sort of country music on the charts. I can’t wait to hear
what he has coming at us next.
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