Colter Wall is a Canadian singer/songwriter and a native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. His self titled debut album was released May 12 on Young Mary’s Record Co./ Thirty Tigers and is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. In addition to Colter on vocals and acoustic guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums, Robbie Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton) on pedal steel and Mike Webb (Southern Family) on piano.
Rolling Stone selected Colter as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” and his song, Sleeping On The Backtop was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film, “Hell or High Water.” The track has already garnered over one million streams on Spotify.
As for reviewing his album…….
Sacré bleu! Sprung to mind the second his first track Thirteen Silver Dollars started blasting from my stereo with its wonderfully simple, traditional country sounding melody. “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” I said “Is this guy 21? For real?” I had to check twice but yep! 21 he is.
Colters voice is soothing to the ears, it is a mature, deep, baritone voice which is soulful, emotive, honest and experienced with a natural, raw tone way beyond his years. Colter is not only an artist to watch but a man and artist to respect, look up to and well..pretty much praise. With artists such as Chris Stapleton storming the industry, there is definitely a gap for Colter.
Some people are just born to sing, born to write and born to be one of the greatest artists of their time and Colter, well he is certainly that and more.
Colter is bringing that old soul, authentic sound back and making it current with his own modern twist. His music is raw, rough, edgy, earthy with a lot of depth. His music is a perfect blend of outlaw, progressive and traditional country with a dark toned country blues, folk, bluegrass style and a slick Nashville sound.
Colter is a captivating song writer. He is a true story teller with interesting words that make you really listen. I loved the words to his songs, it made me feel the meaning of the music.
Some songs had a slight Johnny Cash feel to them in particular on his murder ballad styled songs such as Kate McCannon which is a true stand out track.
With so many good songs, I found I had to listen to the album as a narrative, no skipping just song after song in chronological order. The Arlo Guthrie-inspired Motorcycle is kick ass tune with a tuneful melody and infectious fast paced banjo picking.
Colter is the real thing, the real deal- he has that Je Ne Sais Quoi, the ability to leave you at a loss for words.
When listening, I could Imagine a peaceful live setting in venues such as churches where the sound travels and echoes throughout the venue, filling the air with his soulful sounds.
This whole album is a masterpiece, it will be a timeless classic and for now, it is the Pièce de résistance in my music collection.
by Hannah Compton
Stand out tracks
Thirteen Silver Dollars
Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues
Me and Big Dave
Colter Wall by Colter Wall
Colter is in the UK playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton as well as various shows across the UK and Europe this month.