ALBUM REVIEW: I'll Keep On Livin', But I Don't Learn by Jeremy Steding

If a full-bodied, country voice excites you more than sweet tea on a hot El Paso summer afternoon, than Jeremy Steding may just be your favorite new Texas country artist. On his new album "I Keep On Livin', But I Don't Learn," Steding continues to prove that he is one talented country boy.
Produced by the legendary Walt Wilkins, Steding's new album begins with the upbeat "Annie Ray," which offers elements of Red Dirt mixed with traditional country and hints of bluegrass. As usual, Wilkins' production is stellar, and Jeremy Steding has never sounded more confident. However, it is the insanely memorable title track that will really get listeners' juices going. The track "I Keep On Livin', But I Don't Learn" has a terrific melody that deserves constant radio airplay.

The Americana cut "Arkansas Rain" is the album's biggest surprise. Steding's tender vocal performance is pitch perfect and could win the artist new fans. The traditional country track "Sometimes You Need A Hurricane" continues to show Steding's range of talents, and it takes the listener back to days gone by. In addition, the album's terrific instrumentation deserves special mention.

"My Best Tequila (Until Then)" is an understated track that treads familiar country ground, but this song could become a sing-a-long favorite at Steding's many concert performances. Traveling on the Texas music scene since 2008, Steding has slowly built a large following that is destined to grow even bigger with such an accomplished new project like this one.

Steding always sings with conviction, but it is most sincerely felt on the the folk/Americana song "Brandi Sue." Steding's quiet delivery, and the simple guitar and vocal accompaniment gives the cut surprising depth.

"Don't Take Your Guns To Town" is a song that puts the "western" back in the term "country and western." This cowboy track is intriguing for its authenticity, and Steding could give the acclaimed R.W. Hampton a run for his money if he ever decided to record an entire album of cowboy music. Steding also shines on the final Chris Knight-esque song "Five Aprils."

"I'll Keep On Livin', But I Don't Learn" is a remarkably diverse artistic work which offers music that will stand the test of time. Although the title of the album declares that Steding isn't learning, this reviewer disagrees. Indeed, an album this good provides more than enough evidence that Jeremy Steding is like your favorite bottle of whiskey by getting better with age.

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