Taking a Polaroid of Music: A Look into Trent Dabbs’ “Believer”

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Picture this: you’re sitting alone at home, your mind going a mile a minute. You have nothing to distract you from your thoughts other than a clock ticking on a nearby wall. You feel lost, overwhelmed. Well, I have some advice for you, friend. Turn to Trent Dabbs’ newly-released album, Believer.

Inspired by a simple, soulful performance from a folk singer at the Ryman Auditorium, Trent Dabbs was driven to make a stripped-down album of his own. He describes the making of this record as taking a “Polaroid” of his music, as opposed to creating a record and then having to “Photoshop” it later—an analogy that captures the beauty and timelessness of Believer 

“Instead of spending a year attending to songs and adding more and more, it made more sense to do stripped versions of these songs,” says Trent. Although an album of beautifully mellow tunes is a rarity in today’s country music, it most certainly isn’t foreign to Dabbs. Pulling from many real-life experiences, Believer goes back to this songwriter’s roots; “I grew up listening to a lot of old gospel music from Mississippi,” he explains. Like the hymns he was raised on, the album expresses the importance of restoration and love.

According to Trent, he wanted to make an honest record with songs that felt earnest and that people could resonate with. “Even though the songs seem heavy and forlorn,” Trent begins, “anticipate to hear hope throughout the album.” Two songs in particular—‘Here on Earth,’ and his personal favorite ‘Nobody’s Stranger Anymore’—challenges listeners to be open with the ones they love before it’s too late and gives them encouragement that they’re not alone.

For those of you unfamiliar with this incredibly talented individual, you are in for a treat; Trent is no stranger to the music industry. Not only is Believer his 9th studio album, but he is also 1/2 of the duo Sugar + The Hi-Lows. If you are a fan of ABC’s “Nashville,” Dabbs has had 9 songs featured on the show, including ‘Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave’ (with Caitlyn Smith) and ‘Undermine’ (with Kacey Musgraves, shown below). Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten’s (Juliette Barnes and Deacon Claybourne on “Nashville”) version of ‘Undermine’ can be heard here.

Furthermore, Trent has produced and co-wrote for artists such as Young Summer and Elenowen, in addition to co-writing the Top 40 pop hit ‘Girl’s Chase Boys’ for Ingrid Michaelson.

Trent’s experience in this business does not go unnoticed in Believer. With songs that effortlessly tap into your every emotion,  Believer displays a depth fans yearn for, but so many country songs lack. The album is available as of today, so be sure to get a copy of your own! Trust me, you won’t want this remarkable album to pass you by.

For more info on Trent and his music, visit trentdabbs.com