It's good to know that Sarah Buxton has a sense of humor. The Kansas native named her digital-only, five-song album "Almost My Record", which was released on Tuesday.
So many artists have had their full albums delayed, or in some cases, never released. And it's good to see Buxton's spirits are up. It probably doesn't hurt that she's already written a hit - "Stupid Boy" - for superstar Keith Urban. Most new artists don't have that to fall back on.
Buxton included her version of the song on the EP, and it sounds pretty good, much different than Urban's, obviously.
My favorite Buxton songs - by far - are "Innocence" and "That Kind of Day". "Innocence" is one of the best songs about well, innocence, since Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine".
And "That Kind of Day" is definitely a chick song, but there was one part of it that I could definitely relate to. At the end of the song, Buxton sings "some old lady just flipped me the bird"
Around the time the song was released, my friend Curtis and I were leaving Yosemite National Park. It was cold, a little bit snowy and the narrow roads were slippery. Some old lady behind me was in a hurry to get somewhere. I'm not sure if she flipped me the bird, but she was absolutely irate.
Another thing about Buxton is she's a native of Lawrence, Kan., the home of my alma mater, University of Kansas. Although Buxton isn't a KU alum, she joins BR5-49 as country acts that have a Lawrence connection.
Interesting stuff, considering that Manhattan, Kan. - host of the annual Country Stampede festival - is often portrayed as the hayseed farmer college to KU's sophisticated liberal arts school.
For you Sunflower State country music fans keep track at home, it's Lawrence 2, Manhattan 0.