Mike Mangione & The Kin - But I've Seen The Stars Review

When Kevin and I came up with the idea for this website, we landed on the name Country Hodge Podge. It had multiple meanings, from the obvious play on our last name, Hodge, to using the actual definition of hodgepodge. Country music is a hodgepodge of subgenres, from traditional to contemporary to bluegrass to americana to folk to (shudder..) bro country.

We wanted to cover the entire gamut and let people know that there is a country album for everyone. It's not all "my truck broke down and my dog died" or "Spring Break for life and tan legs." I've covered everything on this site from Thomas Rhett's awful pop music to Kip Moore's awesome southern rock.

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Mike Mangione & The Kin add another branch to this enormous country tree. Rock meets folk meets an orchestral backing. And let me tell you, it's great. This album from start to finish has a unique sound unmatched by any music to my knowledge.

Each song has a meaning that strikes to your core, with an example being the song Riding Down.
The song ‘Riding Down’ is based out of the classic question of who am I, what am I and where am I going. Roots music has a long tradition in dealing with either running toward or away from light/darkness, this song swims in the same waters. In this case the protagonist is fighting to break out and run towards the good and he knows that when he finally get free the hounds will be howling.”

Don't expect to listen to this music in dance halls. It's not honky tonkin' music. It's not day drinking on Saturday music, but country music doesn't have to be. No one is asking that out of Jason Isbell or John Moreland. But if you want to hear quality music with a new and previously unheard sound, Mike Mangione & The Kin have the album for you.


But I've Seen the Stars releases Friday, October 20