Sister Hazel’s new CD “Heartland Highway” is a mixture of soft-rock ballads and toe tapping country songs.
The Gainesville, Fla., natives – vocalist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead guitarist Ryan Newell, drummer Mark Trojanowski and bassist Jett Beres – are set to release their eighth studio album on Oct 12.
“Stay a While,” their first single, is the type of song that makes you want to put the convertible top down and just drive with your hair blowing in the wind.
The song is set to hit the radio airwaves sometime this month.
Frontman Block has the same raspy voice as Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox and the first single “Stay a While” could easily be confused with a Rascal Flatts hit.
The band also produces songs about troubled relationships, like “At Your Worst” and “Saddest Song (Not Coming Home)” that are relatable to anyone who has gone through heartbreak.
However, the songs that stand out the most are the three songs of the same title, “Lessons in Love, Hope, Faith.”
These ballads show a more spiritual side to the band.
In one of the song it is a reflection of all the journeys the band has been on together: “I look back on all the choices that I made/so many exits off this highway/well weight of the world can be heavy load/I’ll stay with you here on the road.”
Any country fan will enjoy “Heartland Highway,” but if you are not a country fan it may take more than one listen to enjoy it, or it might be better to look for another album.
The songs are catchy and when listened to more than once they begin to grow on you.
Elsie Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.