Song Review:


Overall Impression:

Nolan Bruce Allen lets his Western Swing sensibilities shine with his original work, Yearning! Supremely skilled slide guitar mingles with Nolan Bruce Allen's slick vocal approach to create a light and lilting tune, while the guitar, fiddle, and walking bass featured in Yearning expertly fill out the sound and invite listeners to come bounce along.

Strongest Point(s):

The mixed meters in the verse is hypnotic - creating just enough disturbance in the established flow to cause listeners to lean in even closer! The first sliding vocal approach in the chorus is really nice, and the harmonies are very tasteful! Very memorable chorus, with plenty of energy and skill on display. Excellent breaks at 1:22, 1:33, and 1:43 - really nice showcase of the instrumental talent!

Target Audience Appeal:

Nolan Bruce Allen's love and passion for the genre of Western Swing brings a glimmering quality to all of his music, and Yearning is no exception! With a short runtime and a very sweet sentiment, Yearning stands to be a wonderfully comprehensive yet easily digestible gateway into the world of Western Swing, and Nolan Bruce Allen's talent and candor serve to bring listeners back for even more! Thanks so much for the submission! - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Carolina Cotton Pickers, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Red Foley, Spade Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang, Novi Novog, Sons Of The West, Craig Duncan, Crystal Springs Ramblers, Swift Jewel Cowboys, Rose Maddox, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison

About the Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.


Vocals: Strength
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