I’m gonna let the music speak for itself on this one. I’m digging it.
What a fabulous album.
This is the tenth time Jay Nash has walked into a studio and recorded beautiful songs. “I am just a patron of the arts,” he says on “The Art Thief,” a song about struggling for his love and his craft. And it’s true. This is a man who writes visually about feelings–he tells stories with sadness and truth, songs that make you want to stop and sit still and listen. Music means something to Jay Nash–he’s not jsut doing it because it’s fun, he’s doing it because he has to.
“Sometimes you want to go home…Just a little bit of hope, you carry on.” he sings on “Sometimes.” And that’s exactly what this album feels like.
Available on May 14th here and on iTunes.
I admit, I read too quickly when I put this submission into my playlist and thought it was the new Caitlin Cary–you know, the chick from Whiskeytown. And truth to tell, there’s a similar sound: Smart country, with little-to-no twang (and where there is some, it’s subtle, tasteful, and charming). But Ms. Rose is more traditional–and I mean that in a good way.
In fact, with every listen I’m loving this more and more. Especially the track titled “Waitin’.” It shoulda been the single! But I Was Cruel is good, too.
Check it out.
RIYL: Patsy Cline, Jack White’s album with Loretta Lynn, and, yes, Caitlin Cary.
Not everything has to be genre-breaking, edgy, or experimental. Sometimes, you just need a melody, some good lyrics,and decent hats.
The aptly named “Proper Records” is backing this band of accomplished musicians: Butch Vig, drummer for Garbage and producer of the Most Important Album of the 1990s. Phil Davis, who played with Vig in Fire Town, a hot band from the late 1980s. And Franklin Lee and Peter Anderson, from San Francisco’s Call Me Bwana. They’re all guys who have been playing music for decades. And it shows.