Jon Pousette-Dart review…June 2, 2015…

JON POUSETTE-DART

TALK

LITTLE BIG DEAL RECORDS   LBD 005

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT–I WANT TO MEAN SOMETHING–CAN WE JUST TALK–HOW MUCH–REMEMBER TO FALL–THE STORY OF MY LIFE–MARISOL–COME ON COME ON COME ON–AMNESIA–INVISIBLE–COUNTY LINE

Jon Pousette-Dart has been making quality music since the Seventies.  The Pousette-Dart Band even served as the opening act for the Frampton Comes Alive tour back in the day.  He’s always prided himself on honest, thought-provoking lyrics, and his latest album, his tenth overall, is perhaps one of his best.  “Talk” will hit the streets on July 24, 2015, and it is a cohesive collection of eleven songs, most of which Jon wrote or co-wrote with some of the most incredible writers on the planet, including Kostas, John Oates, Fred Knobloch, Angela Kaset, and Gary Nicholson.  He duets with a passel of fine-sounding ladies, too, such as Rhonda Vincent, Jonell Mosser, and Bekka Bramlett.  The backing band is just as stellar–Reggie Young, Glenn Worf, David Hungate, Clayton Ivey, and a host of others–to make this a truly amazing collaboration.

Over the course of this set, one can sense that Jon took a long look at love and life thru a prism, and all the angles, fragments, and possibilities jelled into these songs.  Several cuts deal with communication, or the lack thereof, in a relationship.  Such is the case with the opening “Let’s Talk About It,” with the two lovers looking for a breakthrough to stay together.  Dan Dugmore’s pedal steel is the perfect touch to “Can We Just Talk,” while a look back at love the way it used to be is the lesson taught in “Remember How To Fall.”  A sweet ballad regarding that one true love that many of us have found becomes the thread of “The Story Of My Life,” and the set closes with a story of letting go, “swingin’ low across that County Line.”

We had a favorite, too.  Jon hits an uptempo groove telling the tale of an overworked lover who’s encouraged to “put your red dress on and dust off your blue suede shoes” and “Come On Come On Come On” and have a little fun!

Now a Nashville resident, as are many of the contributing players on this set, Jon Pousette-Dart has crafted a set of songs that deal with things in everyday life to which we can all relate.  “Talk” is a standout collection!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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