Tanner Usrey Circles The Drain With ‘Who I Am’ (Review)
Tanner Usrey finds himself “trapped in a cycle of self-destruction,” as he says in a press statement. His new song “Who I Am,” produced by Beau Bedford, spins its tires – as Usrey attempts to wrangle his circumstances and move on.
The song depicts “living on the run, never being able to slow down, and being seen as someone else by people around you,” adds Usrey. “I know a lot of people can relate to that message and this song is for them.”
Over blustering guitars and the steady ache of drums, Usrey’s voice is matter-of-fact. He’s simply confessing his truth, even if it stings both him and his lover. Sometimes, love really does hurt. “I’ve never been one for hanging around,” he sings. “Love you, baby, but I break you down / Leave the pieces on the ground / It’s just who I am, I guess.”
Listen to “Who I Am” below.
Originally from Prosper, Texas, Usrey draws upon a smorgasbord of influences, from Whiskey Myers to Tom Petty and George Strait. He fuses a classic feel with a modern sensibility, equal parts polished and rustic. Since quitting his day job in 2019, he’s amassed millions of streams and a loyal fanbase.
“I hope you hear what you want to hear, enjoy it, resonate with it, and know it’s real,” Usrey says about the last few years. “It’s been a wild ride. I’ve busted my ass. I started off doing all of this on my own, so it’s crazy to see how this and the team around me have grown. People are going after real music right now, and that’s great. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.”
“Who I Am” is the latest in a string of singles, including “Last Goodbye” and “Give It Some Time.”