Collin Herring | The Other Side Of Kindness

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The Other Side Of Kindness

by Collin Herring

Indie Rock meets alternative country.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back Of Your Mind
3:43 $0.99
2. Aphorism
4:27 $0.99
3. Sinkhole Of Love
4:04 $0.99
4. Lazy Wind
2:55 $0.99
5. Headliner
2:55 $0.99
6. Nobody Much Longer
3:49 $0.99
7. Flowermound
2:36 $0.99
8. Motorcade
4:23 $0.99
9. Into The Morning
3:24 $0.99
10. Cauterize
3:56 $0.99
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Collin Herring

What a difference a year can make. Or even less time, if you’re Collin Herring. Over the past nine months, the Fort Worth-based artist has gone from being a local favorite to: achieving recognition as a nationally-acclaimed critical darling; sweeping major awards ceremonies; headlining gala benefit concerts; winning over audiences everywhere he has played with his tireless touring and dynamic live performances; making numerous live network TV and radio guest appearances; receiving worldwide media attention and, ultimately, being heralded as “the torchbearer for the future of alt-country.” The true beauty of Collin Herring’s remarkable accomplishments is that he has made all of this seem so effortless and so naturally inevitable in such an unbelievably short period of time.

This doesn’t even begin to mention the enormous success experienced by his latest CD, The Other Side of Kindness (Gravestone Picnic Records), which has emerged as 2005’s biggest surprise in the music industry. Only his second album, the CD blistered out of the blocks, outselling all of his major label competition in the CD’s debut week of internet sales (even charting ahead of new releases from Bright Eyes and the Old ’97s). Completely unpredictably, Collin’s sophomore CD became the Top-Selling Album for the entire month of February on quintessential Americana music sales site, Miles of Music.

Since its release, the album has proceeded to garner unanimous raves from literally all over the world, including extraordinary notices in HARP, Paste and No Depression (the “holy trinity” of roots-based national magazines). Overall, The Other Side of Kindness has turned out to be one of the best-reviewed albums of the entire year



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Curt Nichols

Boise Weekly Review (7/18/07)
Outside of his home state of Texas, Collin Herring is still mostly unknown. That’s a shame.

On his second CD, The Other Side of Kindness, Herring and his band put out their brand of music. It’s an eclectic mix of country, rock, punk, and folk. Produced by Stuart Sikes, who’s produced albums for The White Stripes and Modest Mouse, this 10-track CD shows a lot of promise.

With one exception, Herring and his band are up-and-coming 20-somethings. The exception is the person on pedal steel. That person is a 55-year-old piano tuner, Ben Roi Herring, Collin’s dad.

The story is that Herring couldn’t find anyone else that could play pedal steel. On a whim, he asked his dad if he could learn to play it for him. And, he did. The results are evident as the pedal steel is featured prominently on “Sinkhole” and other tunes. His father also plays piano, organ, and accordion while providing background vocals.

His songs seem to explore the dark side (as most of the best alt country tunes do). On "Aphorism" he sings, "I need a new soul/Got a hole in my shoe/Reached in my pocket/There’s a hole in there, too." On another intense tune, "Motorcade," he broods, "She says she's sick of me/I say I'm sick of me, too."

When released, this CD debuted at No. 1 on Miles of Music, the online alt-country music store. At that time, The Other Side of Kindness was outselling recent releases by the Old 97's and the Drive-By Truckers among others.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for someone who thinks s/he knows everyone in the alt country scene, surprise that person with The Other Side of Kindness. You can help Herring get better known outside of Texas at the same time.