Elvie Shane – Forgotten Man – Single Review

Admittedly, I hadn’t really sat down and listened to Elvie’s music until I watched the documentary of the making of Stoned Cold Country on which Elvie and other country artists recorded their version of Rolling Stones songs. Elvie came across so humble and really likeable and his vocals on Sympathy for The Devil were sensational and he instantly gained a fan in us here at Boon.

Shane’s music is exciting. Forgotten Man bleeds country-rock (in the best way) and it’s just so brilliantly addictive. It holds elements of 80’s rock. It screams rock anthem, it screams stadium rock and the energy of the song is so affective!

The song is about hard working people chasing the American dream and the melody, lyrics and vocals certainly reflect that as it is quite inspirational and will get you in that feel-good, optimistic mood!

If you enjoy artists like Kip Moore then Elvie Shane should be right up your street. Forgotten Man is the kind of song that will age well and in a live setting, it will be insane. It’s such a shame that Elvie was unwell and had to cancel his appearance at C2C Festival earlier in the month but we hope he returns for next years C2C and maybe even sooner than that.

More on Forgotten Man and Elvie Shane

Marking the first new music since BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records singer-songwriter Elvie Shane’s acclaimed Backslider album debut, Shane shares his new song ‘Forgotten Man‘ today, available to listen HERE. An anthem for those chasing the American dream with calloused hands and a weary, but still-believing heart, it’s another example of Shane’s deep-feeling take on country, co-written by the rising star with Dan Couch, Luke Preston, and Oscar Charles.

With his big-hearted Platinum Number One, ‘My Boy’, Shane showed fans the kind of man he is – one who’ll step forward and stand for what he believes in. He calls ‘Forgotten Man‘ “the song I’ve been trying to write since I started all this,” and it finds him representing those hard-working, willing-to-sacrifice folks he’s met around the nation. But while that mission has been taken on many times before, it’s never been done quite like this.

“There’s been a lot of attempts to recognize that group of people in country music, but sometimes it feels like it’s not a very honest representation of the angst that’s involved,” Shane explains. “It doesn’t ever really touch on how p*ssed off you can be, just trying to find the American dream.”

Shane admits the track came from a time of personal struggle, and the clarity he found in front-row fans around the country. So with more new music to come, it hints at a creative re-awakening – one focused above all on the honesty of the “Forgotten Man”.

I’m wearing that patch, too,” he says. “I’m out here trying to give an honest account of who I am and put an honest effort into what I do. I actually do give a sh*t, and I will place my bet on those people I’m singing about in this song against all odds.”

Forgotten Man‘ is Shane’s first original solo release since 2021’s Backslider album, and now points toward the beginning of a new musical chapter (with more info on the way). But recently, he’s been on a collaborative hot streak.

In January, the Kentucky native released a spine-tingling version of The Rolling Stones iconic hit ‘Sympathy for the Devil‘, taking part in the star-studded Stoned Cold Country tribute to the band’s 60th anniversary. That project found him shoulder to shoulder with hit makers like Eric Church, Brooks & Dunn, his hero Steve Earle and more, and in February, he followed up with ‘Hillbilly‘, joining The Cadillac Three and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor for a Southern Gothic rocker.

A native of small-town Kentucky, early touchstones like Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle and John Fogerty joined Wheelhouse Records’ Elvie Shane’s Gospel roots to form the bedrock of his taste – along with R&B classics like The Temptations and modern superstars like Eminem. And after a fateful Baptist revival came through town, he joined a band as a front man full of wild-eyed charisma. Shane initially captured attention with a viral social media moment with ‘My Boy’, which has since become his signature smash and debut US No. 1 single. The BMG/BBR Music Group recording artist’s debut EP, County Roads, was released in 2021, followed by his debut full length album, Backslider, later that same year.

Shane co-wrote the set of songs on Backslider that critics were quick to praise, with the album landing on 2021 “Best Of” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Nashville Scene. “If you listen to just one major-label debut by a dude this year, consider Elvie Shane’s” declared Rolling Stone, while Stereogum noted the record “forces you to rethink anything you think you know, or assume, about the genre’s Music Row bros.” Billboard also determined Shane is “making the case for a new mainstay in country music.” Shane’s picture-based lyrics and knack for storytelling led to his signing with UTA and he has since opened for Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne Brett Young, Brooks & Dunn and Lady A, to name a few. He also launched his first-ever headlining run, with his US My Kinda Trouble Tour, earlier this year.

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