My concert list gets longer every month. Each time I go to a gig I usually come away with a new band to follow. In most cases the opening bands are new to me and very enjoyable. On our last visit with British band Keane the opening act was Mat Kearney. I had just been introduced to Mat, musically, by my older daughter and was really enjoying his sound. He has two cds, Nothing Left to Lose and a newer one City of Black and White. I love them both but if I had to chose I would have to go with his first cd. I don't think there is a song on either that I skip.
Don't let this sway you but his first album has a great blend of song and rap. This is not gangsta or rap in any sense that you might think. You can understand what he is saying and the blend between the singing and rap in the song is fantastic. I have included a video of one of his rap songs below, you be the judge. He blends the melody in his songs very well. Along with his guitar playing and the rest of his band, he is a great artist.
Thanks again to Steven Anthony for the idea to spread the music.