Some friends and regular visitors to this blog may find it surprising that I would choose to feature Country music. What? Me? Me with the mohawk and a punk music collection of hundreds?
Back in my teens I bought several albums by Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Granted, that may have initially been because I had a crush on them, but continuous plays of those records instilled in me a latent liking for Country music.
And I’m not the only punk to get into the Country vibe – the new album, ‘Wilderness’ by the rising star of the scene, Jade Jackson, was produced by Mike Ness of Social Distortion fame.
I’m no massive expert though so it’s not for me to comment by way of any lazy comparisons. What I will say is that her voice has a delicate rasp, which can be turned to the more soulful and slower tracks, but excels in the more upbeat numbers.
It’s the latter style that appeals more to me. (That won’t surprise you when you look around this blog.)
The opening track, featured in the video above, is probably my favourite, although, ‘Don’t Say You Love Me,’ is another catchy foot-tapper. And ‘Mulitple Choice,’ while slower has a lovely warm feel and hook to it.
‘Long Way Home,‘ has a real anthemic feel to it – one that would have the hand-held phone torch lights swaying in a stadium gig. Title track ‘Wilderness‘ is “this in-between area I’m in right now as a musician,” says Jade, referring to all the unknown and unexpected aspects of touring and setting out in the music business. It’s another of the upbeat tracks, with lovely, harmonies.
This is Jade’s second album – the one reputed to be the hardest to crack, according to many, many artists and bands before her. But I reckon she has it sussed. I’ll not be first to have said this, but I think Country music has found itself a new star.