“There’s 28 bullet holes / In the Utah border sign / When you fly over that Colorado Line / Is he comin’ is he goin’ / The rattlesnakes don’t care / Way over that Colorado line.” Cue the ghostly steel guitar.
The Colorado native’s songs transport the listener into the middle of their own personalized John Wayne Western, and from the looks of it, he’s just getting started.
Emmer started his musical career at the ripe age of 20 in his small hometown of Carbondale, Colorado. He quickly became notorious throughout The Rocky Mountain region for his raspy and captivating voice, and spent the next eight years playing in as many bars and music venues as he could, honing his chops and cutting his teeth. However, at age 28, he lost his signature voice due to constant gigging and the harsh Colorado air.
“I’m a quiet optimist. There is only one way: forward,” Emmer said in regards to losing his voice. The country music troubadour began to reestablish his vocals from their foundation, and now he’s back and better than ever.
The new single – which dropped January 14th – perfectly depicts the country Americana singer as an artist, songwriter and person. “Colorado Line” is an homage to his beloved home-state, making it all the more personal and meaningful.
The track puts Emmer’s raspy and rich vocals on full display, and the sparse instrumentation and production provides a beautiful contrast to his voice. His captivating lyricism and picturesque storytelling is a highlight of this track, as he paints a gritty portrait of that oh-so-familiar western troubadour living a life on the road.
Emmer has been featured in American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation, and on Rolling Stone’s June 2018 edition of Top 10 Country Artists You Need To Know- and we would agree with that last sentiment.
The haunting new honky tonk single is available on all streaming platforms.