Everybodyfields appeals to anti-country listeners

                My first listen to the Everybodyfields was like a breath of fresh air. It reminded me of the country music that I loved as a child: music that embodies the feel-good spirit of family get-togethers and blazing hot summer days.

But the country that once served, for me, as the Romanticized backbone of working class, blue-collar Americans has lost its luster with its irreverent pop-infusion and Hollywood personas of “American Idol” winners.

                Nowadays country music is all about Hollywood. It’s what you hear during Super Bowl interludes and “Ice Road Trucker” commercials. That’s not to say that it’s still not the backbone of America: country music still has an immensely loyal fan base. I’ll admit I still dabble from time-to-time in the Billboard Country Top 20 list.

                But The Everybodyfields’ alternative country style blends country and bluegrass with rock and roll, testing genre boundaries while still evoking the feel of yester-years’ country. Their fresh style, which encompasses superb songwriting and beautiful melodies, may surprise even the most adamantly anti-country listener.

                Like the smell of freshly cut grass on an August afternoon, their 2007 release “Nothing is Okay,” emanates those deeply rooted American songs I remember hearing when I was a kid. Vocalists Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews, who met while working a summer camp job when they were just 19, particularly excel on this album. Quinn’s whiskey-soaked vocals croon a somber tale of a family’s loss of its farm on my favorite track, “Out on the Highway.”

                The track, told from a father’s perspective, tells the tale of a boy who turns to making moon shine to support the family after it loses the farm. You can practically hear the sirens wail in the moonlight as Quinn’s compelling voice sings of police chases through Kentucky backwoods. The song is nothing short of stunning.

                To be sure, their music is anything but the “lost my dog, wife, and truck” country music that so many people of this generation have come to dislike.

                The Everybodyfields aren’t a new act, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. The group has won songwriting awards, been recognized by NPR and has even performed at venues such as Bonnaroo.

If you were to add The Everybodyfields as a station on your Pandora, you’d probably find artists like The Avett Brothers, Rocky Votolato and Ray LaMontagne. If you give The Everybodyfields a chance and download their album “Nothing is Okay,” I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

                Favorite tracks: “Out On The Road,” “Birthday” and “Aeroplane.”