Sounds Like: A deep-voiced crooner with a crack band and stories for days
For Fans of: Merle Haggard, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson
Why You Should Pay Attention: Fisher's The Sessions at Aura Lea is truly a labor of love – in order to record the album, he and his band literally built a recording studio from the ground up. You can hear that love in each of the album's 11 tracks, from the hardscrabble twang of opening track "Solvin' All the Problems" all the way to closer "Caroline," a tender ballad about love during wartime. The Civil War, specifically, is fodder for inspiration for Fisher, who named his Aura Lea studio after the traditional wartime ballad of the same name, and from which Elvis Presley would eventually crib the melody for "Love Me Tender."
He Says: "In order to create this record with full control of our sound, my drummer/producer/engineer Cody Leppo and I had to build our own studio. We call it Aura Lea. The studio was started in 2013, as a haven for a few close friends and I to write and record the tunes played in our heads with no time constraints or rules. For years, every penny we saved went into making Aura Lea sound and perform at its highest possible capacity. We needed to make sure the quality of the room and gear were there to capture the true A-team of musicians I have been fortunate enough to play with for some years now."
Hear for Yourself: "Losers Like Me" is foot-stomping celebration of the underdog, with Fisher's booming vocals delivering a unifying message: "We're all winners in the end." B.M.