NMM: Brendan MacFarlane

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When you think of Scotland, country music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. However, one teen from Perthshire is changing all that. Brendan MacFarlane is a very talented singer/songwriter who we'll be hearing from, no doubt.

MacFarlane attributes his love of music from hearing Hank Williams' ‘So Lonesome I Could Cry’ playing on his grandma's car stereo. He learned that song, line by line, until he knew it by heart. That turned out to also be a lasting memory of his grandma, who passed away in 2010. You may have seen Brendan before as the kid who wowed people in a Chelsea, NYC guitar store. Now a little older, MacFarlane has released his debut album, called The Road, and it's pretty darn good! It combines some gospel/soulful songs with a country and Scottish twang to them. Although he's not well-known at the moment The Sky Kid, a website that profiles young talent, is already calling him "Tennessee's best kept secret."

The video below is of the title track from The Road. You can clearly hear the Hank Williams/Classic Country/Southern Gospel vibe. I tell you, you better watch out for this talented artist!