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  TRENT TOMLINSON - Leavin' Coming On - Independent Release

With songs such as “One Wing In The Fire,” “Angels Like Her,” and “That’s What’s Working Right Now,” Trent Tomlinson has built an artist resume by utilizing his distinctly deep drawl through a bevy of songs that pull influence from country music’s foundational craftsmanship to weave through real-life stories of heartbreak, love, and life’s ups, downs, and everything in between.

His songwriting expertise has recently landed him high on the charts with co-writes on Scotty McCreery’s “Damn Strait” and Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know,” but as any writer will tell you, there’s some songs you write that you just want for yourself which is exactly where we find him now with the release of his brand new single, “Leavin’ Coming On.”

With a distinguishably modern approach told though the traditional lens, he grips the listener with a strike through the opening instrumentation that holds tightly to the crescendo of the scenario he spells out in the lyrics.

Admitting from the onset that he’s once again spent too much time underneath the neon lights, Tomlinson begins to mentally prepare for the fight that he knows he’s about to have with his better half when he gets him home from the bar and walks through their front door.

However, he intriguingly swerves predictable norms to instead show that the calm before the storm is ten times worse than her wanting a fight when she gives him no response at all; no waiting up for him like she’s done in the past and no go to hell’s or slamming doors, just her sleeping like a baby which puts his mind into to immediate overdrive as his emotions twist and turn in that place of heartbreak where you know it’s inevitably over:

“Yeah, it ain’t good when it don’t go bad

You know you’re in trouble when she don’t get mad

When she don’t cuss, and she don’t cry

Heaven knows that’s a hell of a sign

Just cause she ain’t left, don’t mean she ain’t gone

I got feeling there’s a leavin’ coming on”

Confessing through the truth laden second verse that he wouldn’t blame her if she left him, he skillfully takes us through the gamut of weighty emotions that he’s experiencing without ever resolving whether she’s stayed or left.

There’s no doubt that Trent Tomlinson is one of the most gifted songwriters in country music today, and songs like this are a reason why. His ability to pull us through an entire situation without answering every question leaves the listener open-ended in this single moment of weakness and self-inflicted overthinking as he captures the proper emotions of the scenario within a strong connection to the broken hearted overthinker who’s messed up one too many times.

(Review Written By: Jeffrey Kurtis)



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