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ALBUM REVIEW: Colby T. Helms Offers Emotional Origin Story on 'Tales of Misfortune"

If you’re a country music fan, you’d do well to acquaint yourself with Colby T. Helms. The 21-year-old, with a voice and stylistic bent that’s reminiscent of current country star Tyler Childers, has the potential to be the next Appalachia-based singer-songwriter to make a splash. With his debut LP Tales of Misfortune, Helms begins to turn potential into reality.

Each of the eight tracks on Tales of Misfortune is well-written, with memorable melodies and vivid lyrical imagery about life in Helms’ rural Virginia hometown. Album opener “First Snow” is exuberant, a ramshackle honky-tonk number about the thoughts running through his head and realities he’s facing while traversing his hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains after snowfall.


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