Magazine | Summer 2006
These guys revel in alt-country...this is one album that will be equally enjoyed by hipsters and honky-tonkers alike. Read the entire review
Sunday Paper | February 19,
The bands self-titled debut of easy-on-the-ears Americana simultaneously uplifts and laments, filled with homespun tales of long-distance love, long train rides and barstool confessionals. The lonesome AM-radio vibe of traditional country rubs elbows with the galloping rhythms and Telecaster twang of Old 97's and, at times, the tattered vitriol of Uncle Tupelo. Read the entire review
Creative Loafing | February
National Grain plays real country music. Not pop masquerading as alt-country or adult contemporary pretending to be Nashville country, but honest-to-goodness, tears-in-your-beer country music. National Grain's self-titled debut swings and burns, from the blurry disorientation of "City Lights" to the brokenhearted "Whiskey, Wine, and Beer," with poetic, true-life confessions that belie the music's frequently uptempo beat. Read the entire review
| February 23, 2006
This local quintet's 2004 five-song demo twanged with authority. Now they step it up a notch with a self-titled full-length debut and a batch of songs to justify those Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo comparisons. "Some Kind of Devil" convincingly cranks up the rock, but it's those deeply country tunes draped in pedal steel ("Pretty Women Won't Give Me the Time of Day" and "Whiskey, Wine & Beer") that keep the tears and beers flowing.
| May 2006
National Grain is true blue honky tonk. With the release of their first studio-crafted self-titled effort last month, the band is ready to conquer the road with their jangly and twangy Southern rock. Read the entire review
Magazine | May 2005
These sweeping, echo-y, steel guitar-blanketed slow dance tunes and country-rock stompers come highly recommended for fans of Gram Parsons and Commander Cody.
| October 2005
(One of) Atlanta's best Americana-flavored outfits.
Twangs with authority and shares the toe-tapping shuffle and melodic sensibility of the texas quartet Old 97's, and their pedal-steel swathed songs sound like lost country classics.
National Grain offers a full, undiluted serving of its patented pure-grain elixir. The potent potable includes equal parts George Jones, Uncle Tupelo and the prerequisite Replacements flavoring for a fizzy aftertaste.
Highly-melodic alt-country band from Atlanta. The group's self-titled, cleanly recorded five-song EP is as easy-going as a rattly Uncle Tupelo cassette on a humid morning.