There seems to be a "back to basics" mentality coming out of east Texas. There's a group of musicians that are ditching the red dirt sound and putting out a brand of music that will have country music purists breathing a sigh of relief. Among those leading the way is Jason Cassidy, and his CD "My Redemption".

East Texan Jason Cassidy is a country musician. If you feel country music has strayed in the past 20 years or so, "My Redemption" will be a breath of fresh air for you. If you think most of the new, up and coming country artists are more pop music or rock and roll, Cassidy provides the exception.

There is some great country music to be enjoyed on this CD. The title track of "My Redemption" clearly comes from the heart, and you can hear it in Cassidy's voice as he sings it. "What If" and "Bourbon Tears & Pain" have the clever, smoothness of an old George Straight song.  "What Do You Have For A Heartache" has more of a George Jones feel, and I'm not saying that just because of the direct reference to Jones and his classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today". Cassidy really dialed into his country influences for "My Redemption", but still manages to have a uniqueness that sets him apart from everyone else.

All of that said, "My Redemption" is worth owning for the great harmonies alone. "Honky Tonk Heaven" sets itself apart from the rest of the CD, but Cassidy and his vocalists deserve a pat on the back for their work throughout.

It can't be easy to be a traditional country musician without sounding old, but Jason Cassidy pulls it off. You'll appreciate the tempo changes in "My Redemption". There's never a lull in this CD, and it leaves you wanting to listen again.

I had the opportunity to meet Jason Cassidy for the first time in 2010, and I'm here to tell you he is genuine. He has talked candidly about the imperfections and mistakes he made in his life. He is also quick to point out that the bad decisions are behind him, and that's what "My Redemption" is all about. Cassidy has (admittedly, with help) picked himself up and found his way, both in his personal life and with his music.