Charleston-based country outfit Southbound 17 broke fresh ground with the release of its second EP, Somewhere in the Neon, on April 30. The five-track record is full-bodied and aged with harmony, showing the scuffs, scars and maturity that is distinct from the band’s 2017 self-titled EP. The sound is inspired by the Eagles, Dixie Chicks and The Lumineers, said singer-songwriter Jack Austen. “We are East-Coast western,” he told the City Paper.
“I always want what I can’t have,” sings spacey vocalist Katie Bailey on the closing ballad, “The Moon, The Stars, & You.”
“It’s easy for us to write sad songs; it’s harder to do more upbeat songs,” Bailey said.
The EP is for easy-listening, with the late-night nostalgia one might feel at the end of a few whiskeys.The fluid pace and dreamy vocals glide through Jacob Simmons’ banjo picking.
“Further down the road shows and new music will be popping up more,” said Austen. Catch the band May 22 at Firefly Distillery and May 27 at Freehouse Brewing.