In 2013, an unknown country singer/songwriter from suburban Illinois released a self-financed video for his debut single, a catchy summertime campfire anthem with a twist called "All American Boy." Several million YouTube views later, Steve Grand was touted by many as mainstream country's first openly gay star. Riding the crest of his viral success, Grand launched a Kickstarter campaign that raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fund his self-released debut album; it arrived in March 2015 and made a definitive splash on Billboard's Top 200 pop charts. With his passionate, powerful delivery and clever pop songcraft, Grand delivers 13 tracks of passionate, country-infused rock that should resonate with fans regardless of their sexuality. Tracks like "Red, White, and Blue" and "Whiskey Crime" are hooky enough to peel the eagle window decal right off an F-150 and should definitely be cranked loudly enough to do so. It's time country music's image of the All-American Boy gets a makeover, and Steve Grand just might be the one to get it done.
AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger