“Lower County Outlaw” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the raw authenticity of its origins. Born on dirt floors, these songs encapsulate the struggles and triumphs of a fisherman-turned-musician who sought solace in the mountains. The notes resonate with a lived experience, inviting listeners to find echoes of their own journey within. Kristian Montgomery, accompanied by producer Andrew Koss (known for his work with Alicia Keys and John Legend), came together at the Strawberry Fields studio in Manchester. Their musical synergy, fueled by a mutual admiration for both the art and each other’s footwear, led to the creation of this extraordinary record.
The influences that shape “Lower County Outlaw” are as diverse as the history of music itself, ranging from African blues to Celtic bluegrass and modern rock ‘n’ roll. This album isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s a reflection of the laborious yet deeply rewarding process of making art. With tracks bearing romantic undertones of the antihero, Kristian delves into the tragic beauty of creating art amidst life’s muck and challenges. Each note carries the weight of his journey, a testament to the indomitable spirit of an artist.
As the album’s release date approaches, it’s clear that “Lower County Outlaw” is poised to make a mark. From navigating winter storms to conquering summer floods, the recording process was an adventure in itself, a reflection of the determination that defines this project. In the words of the band, “This song is amazing…and you have an amazing ass.” It’s this unapologetic spirit that permeates every note of “Lower County Outlaw,” making it a must-listen for anyone seeking music that’s genuine, heartfelt, and undeniably human.