Born and raised in the town of Gadsden, Alabama, country artist Grant Langston has a long history with music. Inspired by musicians such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson in his formative years, he played bass for the King James Version gospel quartet as a teenager before helping to fund his time at Auburn University by gigging at bars around both his home state and its neighbour Georgia.
When adulthood hit, the singer/songwriter departed for LA in an attempt to further his career. Since then he has toured all around America, as well as having occupied supporting slots in Europe. He’s also worked up a discography that includes four studio albums and has had his material featured in various movies and TV shows, including HBO’s True Blood.
Langston is currently preparing to release and promote his fifth full record, Hope You’re Happy Now. Its country flare is readily apparent from the onset through the mellow instrumentation and gentle pace of “Drive”. “The Nonsense” follows up with a cheery beat and catchy melody that are faster and more animated than those of the opening number.
“Breaking Hearts” saunters along next as warm, heartfelt vocals develop alongside lethargic musical elements. “Fading Fast” maintains a lackadaisical momentum as it rides in on determined drums and piano keys that come hand in hand with a pleasant harmony. A greater amount of attitude is added to the proceedings via purposeful guitar work during “Born to Ride”, which shows off an accomplished riff in its midsection.
“The Only One” is a very hushed ballad that’s quite expressive in its simplicity, while the quiet acoustic instrumentation of “The Trigger” barely registers, allowing the lyrics to steal focus. “Don’t You Dare” raises the tempo by way of some interesting percussion that persists throughout its loud and enthusiastic vocal work.
The lullaby like “All That I Can Do” is succeeded by the playful rhythm of “I Work Too Hard”, whose tongue-in-cheek execution doesn’t take itself too seriously. “Me and the Misses” strips back down in its wake, emanating a poignant atmosphere ahead of “Me and Margaret”, which stands as one of the busier offerings and serves as a light and airy finale.
Langston has delivered twelve calm and collected tracks here that would make for good listening on a sleepy afternoon when you have nothing to do but unwind and relax. Their harmless and innocent demeanour mean that they’re not at all taxing on the senses, but their strong country style probably also means that they’re only likely to appeal to those who are fans of the genre. Hope You’re Happy Now is due to drop in Ireland and the UK on May 25th.