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Album Review: Aubrie Sellers – New City Blues

Artist:  Aubrie Sellers

Album: New City Blues

Year: 2016

Label: Warner Music Nashville

Genre: Country

She may be the daughter of “I Hope You Dance” hitmaker Lee Ann Womack and songwriter Jason Sellers, and the stepdaughter of music producer Frank Liddell, but Aubrie Sellers holds her own in the studio. She released her debut album New City Blues, produced by Liddell who is best known for his work with fellow country music artist Miranda Lambert, in January of 2016. Aubrie Sellers’ style is unquestionably unique. “The drums are very trashy, it’s all electric, it’s very in your face, and it’s not perfect. It’s raw.” Sellers told Rolling Stone Magazine about her self-coined style. Aubrie, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

The album opens with “Light of Day,” an intro that would never have you guessing she was a gifted country artist reigning from impeccable pedigree. The opening riff brings to mind the likes of Led Zeppelin, whom Aubrie is heavily influenced by. When she opens her mouth to sing, it all comes full circle. She’s country all right, and brilliantly so. The vocal similarities between Aubrie and her mother are eerie indeed, but also something Aubrie is incredibly proud of. Their styles, however, are undeniably different, which she also spoke about to Rolling Stone. “Vocally, I sound like my mom. I don’t think I can help it. That’s just my natural voice. But, my music is very different from hers, and everything about my career path up to this point has been very different than her as well,” she says.

Aubrie’s songwriting skills are nothing to shake a stick at either. She’s both written or co-written every single song on the album with each song being honest, outspoken, and incredibly relatable; an impressive feat these days. She’s real, she’s honest, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind, which is evident in her songwriting. “Magazines” being a prime example of her writing expertise, including the unrealistic expectations placed on women by the mainstream media and pop culture. Aubrie even teamed up with Brandy Clark and Jessie Jo Dillon to pen “Liar Liar.” A calling out your man, woman done wrong song.

The album’s title comes from a line in “People Talking.” “Are you here to stay/where’d you get those shoes/why you walkin’ around with new city blues,” a song about not quite fitting in wherever you are. “Sit Here and Cry” pulls together the best of her rocker influences and country upbringing, making it the song that really drew me in. Admittedly, it took me half a dozen replays before I was able to finally move past it and finish listening to the rest of the album. As an avid 90s Country fan myself, “Like the Rain” reminds me of something you’d hear recorded and released by Womack, and I think that’s what makes it’s so pleasant.

If you’re a fan of Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, or Brandy Clark you’ll love Aubrie Sellers. She’s definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Favorite songs: Sit Here and Cry, Magazines, People Talking, Loveless Rolling Stone, In My Room (bonus track), The Way I Feel Inside (bonus track)

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