Artist: Rob Georg
Album: ‘Radio Cowboy;’ Produced by Kristin K. Smith in Nashville
Reflecting on the life they lead, both past and present, is one of the most powerful ways for a musician to share their genuine selves with their audiences. Rancher and cowboy, Rob Georg is one such singer-songwriter who candidly shares his emotions about his life journey in his songs. The German-born musician proves how remarkable even the most relatable emotions, and seemingly mundane journeys, can be in his recently released country album, the 15-track ‘Radio Cowboy.’
Taking cues from Australian-born singer-guitarist, Keith Urban, Georg proves that the country genre isn’t just tailored made for American musicians. Much like his fellow country singers, Georg relies on music to comfort him in times of despair, and inspires him in happy times. Furthermore, also like Urban, Georg feels that there’s no better way to express feelings than singing with the help of his guitar.
Growing up with horses, Georg began his professional life in equine sports, especially into Cutting, which involves riders on horses working with cattle. While successfully working with horses for the past decade, and influenced by the cowboy lifestyle, the singer-songwriter became drawn to country music, which became his newest passion. After traveling to Nashville and working with his vocal coach, Kristin K. Smith, the musician thrived in his new status as an up-and-coming country star, which is evident on his latest record.
‘Radio Cowboy’ begins with its enticing title track. Fueled by country’s signature guitar riffs, Georg immediately introduces his country twang vocals, which make the entry the perfect fit to be sung in Nashville bars. The singer croons that all he wants to do now is drive to the local radio stations to sell his songs, and find some loyal audiences. He also chronicles his happiness from transitioning from doing his chores in equine sports on his ranch to trying to sell songs and connect with listeners. The song proves that he’s able to naturally fit in with legendary American country stars in his new city..
The ‘Radio Cowboy’ tune then transitions into the album’s melodic sophomore track, ‘Carry the Wind.’ The entry is a ballad-driven ode to Georg’s spiritual beliefs. The song, which infuses religious connotations into the musician’s personal stories about the death of his show horse, “Primetime Shorty.” He boldly and emotionally summons the strength to reflect on their relationship, and admit that when he lost his soulhorse in life, he lost himself in his faith. Between the soulful country twang in the singer’s vocals and the inspirational strings, the comforting, all-encompassing track has the potential to become a commercial hit.
‘Carry the Wind’ is followed by the record’s third entry, ‘This Ain’t My First Rodeo.’ The singer’s soul is radiated throughout every element of the tune, particularly in his his vocals, which prove what a genuinely passionate person he is. While the song features gritter vocals and guitar riffs than its predecessors, it’s still an energetic contribution on which Georg isn’t afraid to share his true thoughts and feelings. He draws on his own experiences to offer advice to people just starting their time on a ranch. Being a veteran on the rodeo circuit, he knows he’s found something he loves, but accepts the fact that he physically can’t do what he used to on the ranch, and it may be time for him to move on.
Another noteworthy entry on ‘Radio Cowboy’ is its eighth track, ‘Dust,’ which features a relatable, contemporary country vibe on its vocals and instrumentals that would make it a prominent contender for crossover success. The mix of the energetic chorus, along with the confident tone in Georg’s vocals, make the tune relatable, and the perfect addition to a score for a western film. The musician notes how cowboys don’t do their at-times mundane jobs for the glory, as their lifestyle is hard, and they get dust in their eyes, both literally and figuratively.
‘Dust’ is followed by the slower paced, but equally enthralling, entry, ‘Sunsets at the Ranch.’ The singer croons that he admires the title sunsets at his ranch, especially since the branches of his family tree grow bigger every year. He emotionally sings that the family ranch is where he’ll always stay. Georg also notes on the soothing song that he’ll never take the view for granted, especially with his family, and he values their time together.
‘Radio Cowboy’ later comes to a gripping conclusion with its fifteenth and final track, ‘Beast Made of Steel.’ Driven by true country guitars, Georg sings about the fact that he often thinks about the day he signed his life away on the dotted line. He emotionally shares that all he does now is drive, and is strung out from his life behind the wheel.
Reflecting on the life they lead, both past and present, is one of the most powerful ways for a musician to share their genuine selves with their audiences. Georg is one such singer-songwriter who candidly shares his emotions about his life journey, from being a rancher and cowboy to becoming a musician, in his songs. The German-born singer proves how remarkable even the most relatable emotions, and seemingly mundane journeys, can be on his ‘Radio Cowboy’ album. From growing up with horses in Germany to traveling to Nashville to create country songs, the musician has ultimately proved his status as a country star.