The first track from Rose Haven Motor Hotel, “Nebraska,” demonstrates the incredible versatility of guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer Ben Atkinson, who is the primary creative force behind the album. Ben Atkinson is from Mississippi. Atkinson produces a natural and down-to-earth soundtrack that is both easy listening and hypnotic by drawing inspiration from a number of genres, including indie rock, R&B, vintage Country Western, soul from the Motown era, and 70s funk.
Despite being classified as indie folk or alt-country, “Nebraska” is much more than that. The song’s peaceful and contemplative vocals by Atkinson go well with the sparse guitar playing and thoughtful lyrics about longing, loneliness, and the desire to hit the road. Though Atkinson’s voice is distinctive in its own right, it has a striking resemblance to the sounds of Neil Young and Ray Lamontagn.
The track’s instrumentation is straightforward but effective in capturing the song’s mood. The melody is accompanied by sporadic percussion components, such as the tapping of a snare drum, that lend a delicate cadence to the raw and personal guitar playing. The single’s simple production accomplishes its goal of highlighting Atkinson’s moving performance.
The debut single from Rose Haven Motor Hotel, “Nebraska,” is intriguing. We’re interested to hear what Atkinson has in store for us next as this song demonstrates his versatility as a musician and songwriter. You won’t want to miss Rose Haven Motor Hotel if you prefer indie folk or alt-country music or if you value honest and frank songwriting and musicianship.
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