Girls Guns and Glory
Sounds Like: Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks
For Fans Of: Think-y, soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to
Why You Should Pay Attention: The band, which was named (tongue in cheek) for everything representative of the country music front man Ward Hayden was listening to, is on the road 250 days a year, bringing its Boston-bred Americana sound across the globe. Hayden cites his discovery of Hank Williams' music as a turning point for his own songwriting. "I had never heard something that had hit me on such a deep level." Fittingly, in February, GGG will release a Hank Williams tribute album.
They Say: "When I am going through the process of something, I don't do any writing," Hayden says. "But when I come out on the other side, that's when I can make it rhyme." Hayden thought about the story behind "Centralia," a fire-ravaged Pennsylvania mining town, for two years before he sat down to write. Once he did, the lyrics came in about 20 minutes.
Hear for Yourself: The yearning "All the Way Up to Heaven" from the new album Good Luck.
— Margaret Littman