Happy Monday, y’all.
Today for the Song of the Week, we have a tune from Muscadine Bloodline called “Azalea Blooms.”
Written by Muscadine duo Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton along with Ryan Youmans, the guys included it on their Teenage Dixie album, which was just released this past Friday.
It’s a sweet little love song where they compare the beauty of their significant other to the lovely “azalea blooms,” and it immediately caught my attention when I saw the full tracklist, because they’re some of my favorite flowers… and of course, I was not disappointed.
They also use some summery southern imagery to describe how beautiful she is, which is something they do often in their writing that I love, and sets them apart from so many others in the genre:
“I’ve seen a sunrise from a hardwood ridge, with my back against a tree
The way the light is waltzing with the canopy
I’ve seen a waterline slick as glass on a gulf coast afternoon
I’ve seen cicadas sing a time or two
I’ve seen a many of a Mississippi Moon
I’ve seen my share of azalea blooms
But I ain’t ever seen a thing as pretty as you”
While the whole record is truly a solid project from top to bottom, if you’re looking for a good place to start, look no further:
And the guys stopped by the podcast last week just in time for release day to talk about the new album, staying independent artists, and much more, so make sure you check it out.
They also noted how much this whole record has a sense of place in their home state of Alabama, more specifically in their hometown of Mobile, which is certainly on full display in “Azalea Blooms” and most of the other songs too.
Even still, it’s full of themes and concepts that are universally relatable, and I can’t get enough…
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