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Single Review: Muscadine Bloodline - "No, Pedal Steel"



                                                                    MUSCADINE BLOODLINE

                                                               "No, Pedal Steel" 

                                                               Stancaster Music, LLC.





Muscadine Bloodline, the proudly independent duo made up of Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton, have carved out their unique niche amongst the country music faithful since they first burst onto the scene with “Porch Swing Angel.”

These past few months, however, have seen the duo teasing their new music (and a somewhat new direction) through the release of the rollicking barnburner “Dyin’ For A Livin’, and their unapologetic taking of shots at the current state of the Nashville country music industry on “Dispatch to 16th Ave,” the title track of their forthcoming album.

With their 9-track album release just around the corner, the duo now offers one more teaser of what we can expect from it with “No, Pedal Steel.”

The song, written by Muncaster and Stanton with Adam Hood and Brent Cobb, gives us a slower paced traditional country song that’s built on sadness, a broken heart, and the music that brings out the memories of what used to be.

Stanton’s distinctive vocal offers the perfect balance of emotions to match the lyrics as he sings us through the opening verse, calling out the type of songs that are tugging on his heart through lines such as:

“Why you gotta be the soundtrack that takes me back to how it used to be?”

“Even happy songs turn to sad, guess that misery loves company.”

The chorus, however, is where the song truly elevates the heartache as he declares that he doesn’t want to hear any songs that are laced with the sad sound of the pedal steel, and then he lists his several reasons why: because he doesn’t want to feel as lonely as he does right now, he’d lose his mind in 3 quarter time, and the melody makes her memory so real.

Coming out of the first chorus, the song cleverly contradicts itself by dripping with pedal steel, and even offers an entire solo with the traditional instrument standing out prominently if only to reiterate the point as to why he doesn’t want/need to hear any songs featuring that sad sound.

Muscadine Bloodline is in a very unique position as one of the leading independent duos in country music today, and that pure freedom allows them to bounce fresh ideas at their fans that don’t necessarily have to follow the current status quo. Just as they’ve done with each subsequent release, “No, Pedal Steel” allows the duo to honor the past traditions of the genre, elevate their status amongst their peers and fans, and most importantly, further enhance the excitement for one of 2022’s most highly anticipated releases.

(Review Written By: Jeffrey Kurtis)



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