Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I have been under the impression for a long time that there was very little good music being made today. Things were better way back when, I thought. As I listen to new releases every day, I realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong. There is so much good music being made today. Maybe more than ever. What is missing are the outlets to discover new and innovative artists. The artists are out there, all over the world. There are so many individuals who are creative that get the “bug” to express themselves and make a recording. Surprisingly, most are quite good. These records are produced extremely well and just sound great.
Nathan Seeckts is a perfect example of this. Seeckts, an Australian native, takes to Americana as if he was from Omaha or Kansas City. This release in the Americana realm is pretty close to flawless. Seeckts is a great story teller and weaves a rich tapestry of characters and storylines in his songs. His voice is a cross between Ben Nichols (Lucero) and Jason Isbell. Seeckts definitely writes in an “Isbell” style without being just a forgery. Seeckts has his own personal style that while close in nature to Nichols and Isbell, will never be confused. I root for people like this and you should too. You will be rewarded with great music while supporting a very worthy artist. You can listen to A Man Possessed on his Bandcamp site and I assure you , you will want to own it once you hear it.