J. Tex might have spent all his life in Denmark, but his roots lie deep in American soil: he was actually born in Detroit, so you can now stop not taking him seriously as a country singer just because he comes from chilly Scandinavia. (Come on, everyone loves Scandinavian songwriters, why shouldn’t you?) “Look Up Look Down” smells classic through its three minutes and is the first single off his latest record – the first album I’ve heard from him and his Volunteers – named House on the Hill, which was just released last week. You can get it via Swedish alt label Heptown Records.