Texas troubadour Zach Aaron digs up some authentic Country Blues on his third release, Fill Dirt Wanted. With a voice as raw and real as a fresh bar fight scar, Aaron combines the best features of Corb Lund, James McMurtry and Townes Van Zandt to paint sepia-toned images of truth and tragedy.
The title song is a stark confession of a man running from himself. As he’s “running out of reasons, running just because, running from the memory of a man I once was,” he’s seeking fill dirt to cover the hole in his heart and soul. With a world-weary, whiskey-worn voice and a single acoustic guitar, Aaron lists the things he’s running from, but never quite admits why. After the chorus, an upright piano adds a few “Momma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” chords which hint at his desire to return to more innocent times. But in the end, “You can take the Appalachian Mountains, turn them into sand,” but it still wouldn’t be enough to fill the hole inside the man.