Old Souls With New Records: Jacob Jones and Daniel Romano

Jacob JonesGood Timin' In Waynetown  (Electric Western Records)  and  Daniel Romano's Come Cry With Me (Normaltown Records) start the New Year off right with some retro/classic cross-generational  tunes. To paraphrase the great Dave Alvin: They play the Louisiana boogie and the delta blues, They play country, swing and rockabilly too, They play jazz, country-western and rockabilly too. Maybe they don't hit every genre in that description on their discs but between the two artists they come very close. You may dig Dylan's latest croakings but these two discs will keep the party or family gathering hopping instead of driving your guests out the door. 

Romano's disc is the more country disc of the two and that is obvious from the pastel vintage colorized album cover featuring Daniel in a Nudie suit, pink shirt and cowboy hat. Come Cry With Me features the "based on a true story" country weeper "Middle Child" and a host of other heartbreaker/heartbroken songs that pre-date the whole No Depression explosion.  With fiddle, pedal-steel and lush backing vocals the sad songs are haunted by the ghosts and influences of Gram Parson, Hank Williams and Hank Snow.  On "I'm Not Crying Over You" Romano sings " The truth is I just got a new job acting, so any tear that rolls my cheek is just pretend"  and I wonder if this is an act or from the heart and yes, it could be both. Either way it is an engaging performance and I'd love to hear Romano live. He's currently on tour across Canada with a few stops in the US (Washington DC, Nashville and NYC). Catch him if you can.

 

 

Jacob Jones worships at the multi-genre altar of Ray Charles and he pays direct name-checking homage on the rocking  "Play It Loud Ray" where he is joined by Brittany Howard from the Grammy nominated  Alabama Shakes. Charles is along for the ride and is an obvious source of inspiration but Chuck Berry's influence is there too notably on the road-tune "Johnny B. Goode" inspired "Tennesse Highway".  Jones vocals, especially on the title track recall a  smoother, a little jazzier version of  Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jones hits just the right balance between hipster howler and R&B and country crooner on all ten of these original tracks.  The black and white album cover and dark glasses gives you a hint at what to expect and Jones delivers  in spades with honkin' sax, Fess inspired piano, girl group backing vocals and a rocking band that does a whole lot of "Good Timin' In Waynetown"

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Comment by Jack on January 28, 2013 at 6:04pm

Hadn't heard of either guy, enjoyed both songs.  Jacob Jones sounds like a lot of fun.  Useful, succinct reviews.

Loved your phrase "Dylan's latest croakings".  Kansas clears a room pretty effectively too.

Comment by Hal Bogerd on January 29, 2013 at 9:26am

Thanks Jack!

Tour dates for Jacob Jones (no North Carolina dates)!

TOUR:
1/29 - The 5 Spot - Nashville, TN
2/8 - The EARL - Atlanta, GA
2/28 - The 5 Spot - Nashville, TN
3/2 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
3/12 - Tin Roof - Louisville, KY
3/13 - Tin Roof - Lexington, KY
3/14 - Birdy's - Indianapolis, IN
3/15 - Tonic Room - Chicago, IL
3/29 - Mad Donna's - Nashville, TN
Comment by Jack on January 29, 2013 at 10:09am

Will try to catch that Chicago show.  Hadn't heard of the Tonic Room before, not that I'm exactly state of the art.

Comment by Will James on January 29, 2013 at 11:40am

I should be the first to jump on the Daniel Romano bandwagon, but I haven't yet. Maybe I need to here the whole album. So far it sounds like retro for the heck of it, to find his slot himself in hipsterdom. What I've heard so far puts me to sleep. But with country on life support at best, I can't blow him off.  Jacob Jones sounds just the opposite and I look forward to hearing a lot more and catching him. I'm once again looking at venues in Chicago and also had not heard of Tonic Room, but ck'ing it out. Thanks for this.

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.