Here’s another excellent 2016 album that has gone by without a mention even though it has been on my playlist for several months. Justin Wells is a Lexington, Kentucky based roots-rocker and americana songwriter and his new album Dawn in the Distance came out in August, 2016. It was actually another awesome songwriter Austin Lucas that I owe the thanks for this discovery. I was vaguely familiar with Justin’s former band Fifth on the Floor, but had not heard about his solo material until I saw Austin praising this album on his Facebook. I trust that guy, so I bought a download and have been enjoying this a lot. Here’s the video for album outtake Going Down Grinnin’.
And here’s a live version of album cut The Dogs. This song has actually been featured on several best songs of the year lists on country/americana/roots blogs and websites. And deservably so.