Idaho Native And Country Music Artist Colby Acuff Releases Brand-New Album
Colby Acuff is an "old soul" in the country music scene with an original bluegrass country sound, and his new album Western White Pines, is a breakthrough for his career!
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A fourth generation Idaho native with a rugged spirit true to his mountain home, honest-to-a-fault lyrics and a sound as raw as the remote wilderness, Acuff’s untamed brand of country stands proudly apart in today’s format, pure and untouched by modern gimmicks. Almost fully self-taught and largely self-contained, he’s already used it to find success on his own terms–and with new major-label backing from Sony Music Nashville, plans to do the same nationwide.
Colby keeps it real with his fans, and his songs and sound are true to himself. In a press release he stated, “You’ve got two options: you can make music for you and the people who are gonna hear it, or you can make music for the people who are gonna pay for it,” Acuff says. “And I always lean toward making music for you and your fans.”
Colby gives us a little glimpse into his childhood, where he sings of his childhood bird dog Maggie, and his love for hunting in his song "Boy and a Bird Dog." Dogs truly are a man's best friend, especially the hunting dogs who will "chomp at the bed at 5am" because they are so excited to go hunting with you. He sings of being a kid and having not a care in the world but sitting in the field, spending everyday hunting with his four-legged side kick. We really love this relationship between Colby and his bird dog Maggie!
Colby had a little bit later start into the country music scene and had worked many jobs before pursuing his country music career full-time. He started his career full-time at 25 and in his song "Hard Livin' Life," he knows how hard life can be, from experience, but to live each day to the fullest. He says "give it all you got like its the last damn night of your life," and boy is he right. We don't know how long we have left here on this earth, so we can take some advice from Colby to never take a day for granted!
Like we said, Colby always keeps it real, and in his song "Rollin' With the Wind," he gets very vulnerable with us fans. We were able to sit down with Colby in an interview and he said that this song was the one he related to most. He stated, " This song came from a point in my life where it was like, I have no idea how this is gonna work, but I'm just gonna keep doing my thing and hopefully future me is at a point where he can appreciate this song and cutting this record. It was such a full circle moment for me. I mean, in the actual track, it's me, my producer, and the guitar player that are cutting this. We're cutting it in the control room and all three of us are crying during the cut that we actually took. So if you listen closely, you can actually hear that my breathing is super wavery, and I'm really trying to control it. It's a really special moment and the song is really important to me." This song is so special and really made us tear up listening to it.
All Country News chatted with the country riser about his life growing up to the point, his success, and about his new album.
He was very honest and true to himself and stated, "I just think this record is this whole completion of what I truly landed on in life. It's the retrospective of me realizing so this is what it is. You know, it's about where I am from, who I ended up being, and all the things that are totally okay with my past, present, and future. I don't know if I'll ever do another piece of like this project that is so personal to me. It's hard to not attach yourself to records, and I feel like I do a good job of not doing that, but this record very specifically, I'm extremely attached to." It's very clear Colby has put his whole heart and soul into this album, and it really pays off. He keeps it real with fans, and never misses a chance to be truly himself.
His new album is spectacular from start to finish, and we can't wait to see where he goes next!