New Music Critique: Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates

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Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates
Contact: coreystapletonmusic@gmail.com

Web: coreystapleton.com

Seeking: Label, Booking, Distribution
Style: Country

Montana country artist Corey Stapleton’s polished productions showcase his solid-as-a-rock values about life and love.  Delivered in a sometimes boyish tenor voice, tunes such as “Western Son” are inspirational songs about harmony, togetherness and perseverence. “Make This Work” is a downtempo love ballad (“But your mom, were she here, would say to make this work) whose earnest lyrics might veer too close to cheesiness, is helped by a polished band, particularly the guitarist who’s nice and precise.  Stapleton and Co. let their hair down just a bit on the politely brash-sounding rocker “My First Rodeo.Not” (great title) includes bango and organ licks and is the least corny of his songs.