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Reid Haughton Releases Stellar New Album, ‘Higher Than 9’

May 17, 2024 11:07 am GMT

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Reid Haughton has dropped his keenly awaited new album, Higher Than 9, with the fast-emerging Alabama prodigy once again showcasing why he's being widely touted as a future frontrunner in the popular intersection between country and rock.

The ‘Can't Please ’Em All’ singer-songwriter's debut full-length record features previously released fan-favourites such as ‘Man Made Money’, ‘Flicker’ and Haughton's stellar Charlie Daniels Band cover, the rowdy, raucous ’Long-Haired Country Boy’.

Higher Than 9 serves as a fascinating snapshot into the eclectic melting pot of influences and stylistic penchants Reid Haughton has developed since moving to Music City.

Following in the hallowed footsteps of Southern Rock trailblazers such as Whiskey Myers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and 49 Winchester, Reid Haughton eschews the pop-infused, R&B-tinged sound that often dominates contemporary Country Radio, in favour of staying true to his own, authentic sonic blueprint.

Speaking ahead of the project's release, Reid Haughton explained, “All of the songs on Higher Than 9 are a reflection of my journey, heavily influenced by experiences on the road and built for live performances. I think there is something for everyone on this record, ranging from barn burners to love songs”.

He adds a direct message to the prime motivators behind all his releases - his fans, “We poured our hearts into these tunes, and hope they bring you as much joy as they do us”.

The title-track, which finds Reid Haughton toasting the good times, acts as the keystone to the new project, with ‘Higher Than 9’ charging forward across an undulating, serpentine bass, before Haughton delivers the anthemic, addictive hook.

He admits that he struggled to find his place when he first made the trip to Music City as a songwriter. Now, refreshingly, throughout Higher Than 9, Reid Haughton sounds proud to be a little different to the rest. Whether's it's the playful, down-home philosophising of ‘Don't Get Wet’ or the endearing, balladic ode to his now-wife, ‘Get to Give’, Haughton is comfortable in his own skin on each song.

As a result, Higher Than 9 is a rousing mission statement from an artist that feels en route to join the exciting new wave of Southern Rock pioneers storming through the ranks.

Listen to Reid Haughton's new album, Higher Than 9, here.

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