The past few days in New York City were filled with wondrous adventures, but I have missed the comforts of southern hospitality. Fairground Saints is the first country band to be featured on the blog, and I think they’re a perfect fit for the title. Their bluegrass roots and country twang have some not so subtle soulful and blues influences. With only one album to their name so far, it’s a great introduction to how the band works, and it creates a unique blend of country music.
Their self-titled album is filled with beautiful three-part harmonies that make for some easy listening. Some tracks that highlight the way each of their voices perfectly blend together are “Until Then” and “Made to be Forgotten.” Other tracks like “Can’t Control the Weather,” “Turn the Car Around,” and “Somethin’ From Nothin'” showcase the fun that Fairground Saints have together. The energy is contagious and keeps each listening experience refreshing. If you want something with more of a punch to it, “Church” is an amazing one-of-a-kind track. The showcased vocals are raw and uninhibited, adding a new sense of grit to country music. “Sunday Lover” touches on this grit, too, with soulful guitar riffs and an alluring guitar solo that is reminiscent of the blues generation.
This trio from Santa Barbara, California are now calling Nashville their home. It’s been a few years since the release of their album, but their presence on social media is just enough to keep us excited for more. Seeing them stripped of production, playing with only their voices and an acoustic guitar or so, Fairground Saints is a refreshing taste from other genres featured on this blog.