Review – Sammy Kershaw’s “Oklahoma”

Many people love to point to the 90s as the turning point in country music where it went downhill and some even say it’s the predecessor of bro country today. Well that’s a load of bullshit. People love to point out Shania Twain and some of Garth Brooks’ music as proof, but they fail to point out all of the traditional artists doing it the right way too. One of those artists is Sammy Kershaw. To me Kershaw is one of the most underrated country artists of all-time. A couple of months back I decided to dig into Kershaw’s library after hearing one of his songs one day and I was blown away by his entire library. This man doesn’t get enough credit for some of the amazing songs he has put out over the years. Kershaw is a poor man’s George Jones and I mean that as a huge compliment. This is fitting too because Kershaw considered Jones an idol and he did his own tribute album to Jones earlier this year. So when I was browsing around the internet and saw he had a new song out, I was thrilled to give it a listen.

Okay technically it isn’t new. Turns out “Oklahoma” has been around for years and Kershaw has played it live, but it’s never been recorded and released. So people who follow Kershaw closely will already know this song, but for many it’s new. Regardless I’m reviewing it anyway because it’s Sammy Kershaw. His new/old single is titled “Oklahoma” and it’s about a man who is hurting after his woman said goodbye to him. She meant a lot to the man and they were quite happy living in Louisiana. She’s now living in Oklahoma and the man admits that the best part of him is now living there. This is a vintage heartbreak song from Kershaw. Of course it’s got a classic country sound and traditional fans will absolutely love it. The steel guitar and fiddle are proudly playing in this song.

It’s a breath of fresh air to hear these type of songs after you get done hearing Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Kershaw may be getting up in age, but he’s still talented as ever as he proves with this song. I’m hoping this is the first single from a new album of music. So far I haven’t seen any announcements regarding a new album and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that information. Personally I think Kershaw would be a prime candidate for the NASH Icons label as I’m sure many classic country fans would be glad to have him back on radio. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime enjoy this old/new single from Kershaw. It comes highly recommended to fans of real country music.

Grade: 10/10

One thought on “Review – Sammy Kershaw’s “Oklahoma”

  1. Kevin Davis November 18, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    I have to confess — I am one of those who has not appreciated Sammy Kershaw like I should. Mea culpa. I am always looking for “new” artists to love, so I will follow your advice.

    RE: “Well that’s a load of bullshit.” Amen. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s country. Heck, I own most of Haggard’s back catalog. But with the sole exception of the late 60’s to early 70’s (a miracle for music all around), 90’s country can hold its own. For anyone who cares, I recently blogged about some of my favorite 90’s country songs:

    http://dogmatics.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/the-best-of-90s-country/

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