(Fluff and Gravy)
Jack Wilson cites his homes as being Seattle and Austin, which explains the immediate mesh of influence on his self-titled debut and how they are a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.
Ten of the 11 songs were in fact recorded in Seattle at Buttermilk Studios with a full back up band Wilson calls “The Wife Stealers.” Kicking off the album is the rolling epic “Valhalla,” that features lap steel, choral backups and a full horn section, immediately drawing comparisons to Neal Young and The Band.
From here, Wilson takes us on journey through time and space and the rich tradition of Americana songwriting. Presenting sad and lovely ballads like “I’ll Do the Same,” and rousing alt-country kickers like “The Cure” and “Praying For Misery,” adding camp fire stories like “Dogwood Days,” all held together by his easy conversational vocal style.
The album closes with “The Truth,” recorded in Austin with some fine bluegrass pickers. It’s the albums strongest sing and would make Pete Seeger proud.
Rick J Bowen
originally appeared in Innocent Words March 2012