Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Music Tuesday - Jason Eady and Brian Keane

Happy Tuesday friends!  Today's releases have been much anticipated on Hurricane Highway and throughout social media.  I actually preordered both these albums before I had heard all of the tracks.  I am sure glad I did, it was the best twenty bucks I have spent this month. 

Brian Keane - Coming Home

I have been ready to listen to the whole cd because of the radio release Barlights.  Even after hearing home all the way through, it is still the song I keep coming back to.  From the lyrics to the production that builds with the song, I can't get enough.   The story of running into a figure from your past and catching up over a beer or two only to realize neither of you have changed from what ended your relationship is compelling and just plain real.  Produced by his wife Rachel Loy (also producer of Rose Queen by William Clark Green)  Home features songs that come across as a place in time for where Brian was at during the making of it.  Birth of child, miles on the road, and reflection on how those moments make you into the person you are.  Strong tracks on Coming Home are Finally Free a song about what happens when a relationship ends and all your are left with is the freedom to do whatever you want...only now all you realize is you're just lonely.  Do Something Wrong the story of a man looking for a reason to break up with the good girl he feels he is stuck with.  What You're Missing is a groovy blues man done the woman wrong tune.  If there was ever a song a video should be made for I think it would be this one.  Coming Home is well worth the wait and well worth adding to your music collection. Brian will be at Cheatham Street Saturday night for his cd release shindigs. 

 Daylight and Dark is everything that I associate with classic timeless country music and everything I wish country music still sounded like.  With the steel guitar breaking your heart on nearly every track it is a much welcome edition to the Jason Eady Version of Adam Hood's song Late Night Diner.  Jason is doing some of his most consistent and best writing now.   I am actually going to make a bold statement and say this is his best work year to date.  Every track is like going back in time to days of Merle, Willie, Johnny, George, and so many of those guys.  I could easily see these songs being sung by them.  The title track shows the feelings of man who drinks his nights away trying to just make it through the day everyday.   Lonseome, Down, and Out  makes its appearance on this disk which I have always enjoyed as part of his live show.  It is one of those songs that can be sped up or slowed down and still sounds great.  My two favorite tracks are the duets that show up on here. The first We Might Just Miss Each Other with Courtney Patton and A Memory Now with Evan Felker (Turnpike Troubadours) and Hayes Carll.  Jason will be at Gruene this weekend with Mike and The Moonpies as part of his cd release tour.  That is going to be quite the show. 

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