‘Countrified’, the debut album from rapidly rising country rock singer-songwriter Will Day, signals the arrival of one of the genre’s most promising new talents.
Consolidating his break-out year of 2019 (where he played nine straight shows at the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival), Day has called upon some heavy duty help to deliver his vision, pulling together a bunch of impressive co-writes from fellow country artists of the calibre of Jetty Road, Hayley Jensen and Jade Holland.
The album strikes a pleasing balance between foot-to-the-floor country rockers juxtaposed with more introspective, singer-songwriter fare.
On the amped up side of the equation, the album’s title track bursts out of the barnyard with a sassy strut, its electrified rock dawg approach delivering Day with a solid hit on country rock radio playlists.
This ‘tear it up’ vibe is carried over in numbers such as ‘Underdog’ and the rocking ‘Bro’s’, which features guest vocals from fellow country bros Col Finley and Troy Kemp. And ‘Won’t Break Me’ is another impressive country rocker that displays serious crossover potential.
On the flipside Day is more than apt at taking things down a notch, as reflected in more introspective numbers such as the moving ‘Rare Piece of Earth’, in which Day tips his hat to his hometown of Goondiwindi and ‘Dear Dad’, which delivers a moving lament to his late father.
And ‘Simple Then’ is one of the album’s high watermarks, a track of doomed love and sweetheart heartbreak, with Day sharing vocal duties with honey-larynxed country chanteuse Brooke Schubert.
For those with a penchant for getting Countrified, Will Day has delivered a debut that is sure to consolidate his reputation as one of the finest new country rock talents.