Q Review Staff
This song makes me smile. The video makes my heart leap. Combined it fills me with hope. It’s an old school country throwback of a gem, updated in visual representation to fit today’s evolving society. This is a good thing. In fact it’s a great thing.
I grew up with old country. Dolly, Waylon, Willy, Johnny Cash. Country had a specific presence in music that was fairly structured. In the 90’s we saw new country take off, Shania Twain showed us that cross over appeal was possible and the women of country began to assert dominance and quickly became the driving force. KD Lang bridged that gap further with connecting country roots, cross over appeal and sexuality.
And now here we are today, with new and emerging queer country artists. The names Stansell, Wright and Grand are helping to reshape the idea of what makes country music. Brandi Carlile became the Americana Queen with her recent 6 Grammy Award nominations, 3 of which she won. Once upon a time LGBTQ in country music would be unheard of. But not now. While still in the early stages, diversity in country artists is growing.
Which brings us to Cameron Hawthorn and his recent release ‘Dancing in the Living Room’. What makes this song stand out to me so much is that respect if old country. While still very much the music of today, many of the traditional nuances of the country of old is peppered throughout and handled quite deftly by the artist. Added to this is the thoughtful and delicate visions of love displayed in the video and you get that western film romanticism that channels the sincerity of acceptance. Cameron Hawthorn has delivered a beautiful song and video country music should be proud to have.
At the end of the day, if you’re not a country fan, this may make you one!