In an era of country music that focuses more on ball caps and drum loops than cowboy hats and steel guitars, it is refreshing to hear the familiar sounds of what makes country music “country” in 2019.
Donice Morace didn’t just succeed in doing so, he made it a priority on his debut album, “Long Live the Cowboy.” The Beaumont, Texas native found inspiration from fellow “Beaumont Boys” Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd, along with traditional heroes like Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Conway Twitty. Morace brought his tried, true, and real brand of country music on the road, making boots scoot across dance halls across the state while opening for the likes of Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, and Cody Johnson. Morace continued to grow his stock with the release of his debut self-titled EP in 2017, which featured the top 25 single “Good Hurt Comin’ On,” and “WD-40 and Duct Tape,” and peaked at number 15 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. Morace doubled down with the release of his debut album “Long Live the Cowboy” in May of 2019. Unashamedly putting the cowboy back in country music, Morace delivers 11 tracks of real, traditional, filler-free country music, and the Texas scene is taking notice. The first single from “Long Live the Cowboy,” a heartbreaking tip of the cap to Keith Whitley titled “The Blues Are Alive and Well,” proves that heartaches still sell. And though he might be on the fast track to success, Morace promises to always keep it country.