A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend Live in the Living Room’s charity event at the Bedford in Balham (London). Belles and Gals had their own round at the event and I was in attendance for the whole day. One of the real highlights for me was Mitchell Kersley. And it’s clear he has impeccable timing, as just two weeks later he has a single release.
‘Home on the Highway’ is an upbeat track that allows you to travel back in time as you listen – think 1980’s country with a modern twist. As you listen you could be forgiven for thinking that Mitchell Kersley is an accomplished singer with many years of experience behind him – he is accomplished yes, but he is very much at the start of his career. Kersley is inspired by Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam and it shows.
The uptempo beat of the song replicates that of a V8 engine, as it ticks along under the hood of the mustang (featured in the cover art). He sings about the euphoric feeling of freedom that can often be felt when driving long distances, listening to music whilst “using the steering wheel as a drum“.
Sometimes it feels like the UK country is almost dominated by female artists, so it’s incredible to see a talented young male artist make an instant impact as Kersley has. I can’t wait to hear more.