“Music ... I keep it rural/ Beers ... I keep it plural.” So goes the artist description on Jerrod Niemann’s Facebook page, but he’s not your typical country star. No, Niemann sees himself as a hillbilly rogue of a different stripe, and he offers at least a few shreds of evidence to suggest he might be right. Consider his Freddie Mercury-style self-harmonizing on single “Lover, Lover,” on which he sings nine separate vocal parts, or his mere mention of the word “cocaine” in a song title (that would be “They Should Have Named You Cocaine”).
Maybe he’s carrying the torch for the outlaws of old, but even if he’s just rebelling against country’s status quo, it’s enough to pique interest for Wednesday’s show at The Bluestone with Aaron Buckley.