Friday, December 28, 2012

J.TEX & THE VOLUNTEERS/House On The Hill: Available NOW!

I've never been one for Americana, Alt-Country, Y'Alternative, Nu-Folk or whatever you prefer to call the genre these days. There are some amazing bands who do it right, but there's even more bands that jump on the bandwagon and switch over to Americana because they want to actually 'sell' records

And besides, if you go to Alt-Country gigs, it can be hard to tell the difference between the musicians on stage and the street people who sleep in trash bins behind the venue!  That unkempt look may work if you are doing a Broadway revival of Oliver, but I don't want to pay hard earned cash just to see a couple of vagrants playing mandolins.

But J.Tex & The Volunteers are different.  They come from Denmark, which isn't immediately apparent when listening to House On The Hill (which looks to be their 7th release?  I have some catching up to do!).  Where some bands try to duplicate the Americana sound, J.Tex and Co. seem to reach way back to the Folk, Bluegrass and Country scenes of the '30s through the '60s while avoiding anything remotely 'modern'.

If you want an easily understandable description of their sound, then this should do: Tom Waits and Bob Dylan trying to emulate the more introspective side of Johnny Cash's '50s and '60s recordings while watching a documentary on the Louisiana Hayride in the middle of a snow storm.   Yeah, that sounds pretty accurate.

It may sound broody on moody on the surface, but dig deeper and you'll find a band that loves to create their own unique take on a genre of music that they may not 'know' first hand but they certainly understand!

So, give 'em a go!

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