Big Machine label group is known for signing the best of the best, so it’s no surprise that last week they signed North Carolina native Josh Phillips.
Phillips not only announced his signing but also he had a new EP available. Lee County is a five-track project where Phillips co-wrote every last track. The majority of the album is at a midtempo pace, it’s collectively filled with strong inspiration and Phillips southern vocals perform beautifully throughout.
“Fixer Upper” is a track that resonates the sound of a drum kick and one where the name says it all. Although inspired by a rock sound, it’s country in its entirety.
“Midnighters” is radio ready and solid. A track about two wild hearts finding each other, it’s catchy and in style. The song’s essence is pure and it’s one of the best tracks on the project.
“Fast Ride” which was co-written by the incredible Brian Davis is a song men and women both can enjoy. It’s hardcore and edgy. A track about going places with someone you are into, it’s a keeper.
“Long Way Home” is daunting and regretful. It’s heartfelt and inspirational as well. It’s a track that can be an ode to the loss of life or even the loss of someone leaving. It’s beautifully written and vocalized. It’s good stuff.
“Kids That Did” sets the standard for the entire EP. A flashback in time to childhood and adolescence, it’s lyrically stable and brightly put together. It’s extremely authentic, and that’s rare these days.
Josh Phillips may be a fresh face in country music but his fan base has spread long before now. He is a rare artist that gleams with southern culture and rural identity. One of the best voices of today, Josh Phillips creates music that stands out. He bends creativity and artistry to do what he loves, not to fit in.