Throughout his career, Rick Droit has captured the audience with his serene vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and compassionate style. Most of his songs and lyrics are interesting, and today that's a real accomplishment.
Many of Droit's songs have a slower tempo with minimal percussion and smooth vocals. His music values lyricism and vocals over rhythm. His voice is strong, often accompanied by stripped down arrangements or just an acoustic guitar.
Droit's current album Return of the Firehorse shows a level of mature songwriting seldom seen from today's younger artists. We get glimpses of more robust production on songs such as Wild Mustangs with the welcome contrast of Sara Hickman's voice. It's easy to appreciate his penchant for keeping things simple and articulate, but it often feels like he's holding back, reluctant to allow his songs to take on a life of their own.
Droit's 70's style Americana may lack the intensity that today's audiences crave. One should avoid operating heavy machinery while listening to Homeward, but what Droit lacks in power and intensity he makes up with enthusiasm and sincerity.
For fans of the Americana and folk genres, Rick Droit is a great artist to check out. He brings plenty of originality to the party and promises of increased success.
While multi-hyphenated mashup genres have become familiar to music fans, one combination I think we don't see nearly enough is psychedelic-country. There's no reason it can't work. After all, it was always David Gilmour's secret weapon, and one could argue that Journey of the Sorcerer is the best thing The Eagles ever recorded.
None the less, you don't see psych-country come along often. Thankfully, Overman appears to agree with me. They've fully embraced this sadly under-represented subgenre with their first full-length release, The Future Is Gonna Be Great .