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JAY CLARK BAND: ‘The Time Is Now.’

The Jay Clark Band (or JCB, as they are often referred to) are a five-piece rock / country rock band from Dayton, Ohio.

Their third album, ‘The Time Is Now’ has just been released (28th June 2019) and it’s a real stomper. If I use the description, ‘old fashioned,’ I mean that in a purely good sense of of the expression. This is straight-up, no frills, no nonsense rock music.

Writing this on a dismal, grey, wet Glasgow (Scotland) afternoon, this album transports me to a dusty, road trip through mid-state America. It’s full of loud, boisterous riffs with country twangs and little tinges of Def Lepard / Iron Maiden guitar solos.

The album kicks off with ‘Not Giving Up,’ a fast-paced out and out rocker. I hope it doesn”t offend anyone, but the style reminds me a little of Ugly Kid Joe in their heyday. (That’s a good thing, by the way.)

‘You‘re Going Down’ follows and then comes ‘Leaving.’ Underpinned by a Hammond organ (I think) this one is a little more in the Bon Jovi mode, to me and sort of puts the brakes on in preparation for the rock ballad that is ‘Find A Way,’ which leans more to the Country Rock style.

Fists in the air! Here comes ‘Bring Down The House,’ and don’t be misled by the verses. When the chorus kicks in, you’ll be punching the air with the best of them. Shades of Alice Cooper on this one? Again, some lovely whining guitar touches.

‘Stand Out,’ continues the good rockin’ feel before the pace drops again with ‘Alive‘ – a track that does remind me again of Bon Jovi (this time, ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive’) and not just because of the acoustic guitar sounding introduction. But that’s OK, I guess.

‘Nothing Good in Life Ever Lasts,’ is definitely out of the Country Rock locker, with a metronomic, thumping beat. And am I imagining it, or does vocalist Jay’s voice take on more of a drawled inflection? ‘

Hell Of A Time,’ is a mid-tempo sing-a-long classic rock type, leading into the closing track, ‘Long Long Journey.’ This is a slow burner, at least for the first half of the song, before it kicks in on both tempo and attitude for a minute, before dropping back down for the closing thirty-two seconds. If there’s one tiny wee criticism of this album, then it’s that I’d have swapped the final two tracks around, so the album has a stronger finish. But then, that’s just me …

There I go again – nitpicking, I know. Yeah, overall this is a n excellent, good time rockin’ album. I like it. Good stuff!

WHISKEY MYERS: ‘Die Rockin”

It seems a long way off, September 27th … it IS a long way off, but what’s the saying …? All good things come to those who wait? Yeah, that’s it.

It may be over three months until it’s release, but the new Whiskey Myers album is sure to fall into the ‘good thing,’ category, if lead track (and ‘Instant Grat Track’ for those who pre-order) is anything to go by.
Die Rockinreally sums up this rock ‘n’ roll life of ours,” explains the song’s co-writer and band frontman Cody Cannon.

The album itself, fourteen songs spanning fifty-six minutes, is as broad in style and genre as the band have become renowned for over these past twelve years, with inspiration coming as much from likes of Nirvana as from Waylon Jennings. There are also nods to Gospel music, evidence of which can be heard in the backing on ‘Die Rockin’.’

(No video available at the moment – audio stream only.)

I love this straight-up, no frills, unpretentious rock! We just don’t get enough of it here in the UK. Country Rock / Southern Rock – whatever you want to call it, is not outdated as some on this side of the Atlantic would have you believe. Would Whiskey Myers have played the main Stage at the 2018 Download Festival if it were?

And of course, in America, their star continues to rise. Next week (June 25th) for instance, they only open for The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field,, Chicago. Not many bands are afforded that honour these days.
(I notice there is a track on the new album called ‘Rolling Stone.’ Flattery obviously gets you everywhere with Mick and Keith!)

This is the Whiskey Myers’ fifth studio album, so I was a tad surprised to note the eponymous title – I would hazard this is done more on the debut offering from bands. But lead guitarist John Jeffers explains:
“This was the first album we’ve produced on our own and it’s 100% authentically us, which is why we decided to self-title it WHISKEY MYERS. We’ve been fortunate in our careers to work with some incredible producers, but self-producing gave us the freedom to try out every crazy idea in the studio, which got us to this place where we are completely satisfied with the end result and more excited than ever to get this new music out to our fans.”

The following track, ‘Bitch,’ also appears on the forthcoming release. I doubt this video is an’official’ one and the sound quality perhaps won’t do proper justice, but you do get a sense of the power and energy of the song. (If the band / representatives would prefer it be removed from this post, I’m happy to do so.)

It’s obvious committed fans of the band are going to love this album, but I’m sure Whiskey Myers are going to add to their increasing fan base on the back of this. They are certainly a band I’d now go see if they hit my town.
“Hellllooo Paisley! We’re so glad to see you here tonight!….”

Nah – it’s not gonna happen, is it?!