JD MALONE AND THE EXPERTS
TOWN AND COUNTRY
COURAGE UNDER FIRE–UNKNOWN SOLDIER–LIGHT WAS BORN–TOWN AND COUNTRY–MY OWN PARADISE–THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD–GAMMA MAN
JD Malone has been making music for over a quarter of a century, and he continues to write songs his own way and at his own pace. He writes of things in his world, and also societal topics of the day. He’s come up with a tremendous set of looks at his universe which comprise his latest album, “Town And Country.”
JD is on vocals and acoustic guitar, and The Experts consist of Avery Coffee on ‘lectric guitar, Jim Miades on bass, Tommy Geddes on drums, Nate Gonzalez on keys and accordion, Tom Hampton on lap steel, and Michael G. Ronstadt on cello. These fine players come together for an eclectic and dazzling mix of original rockers and ballads that are at once riveting and thought-provoking.
Leading off is the anthemic, heartland rocker with a “carpe diem” theme. It encourages us to “show a little Courage Under Fire, and take this moment and make it yours.” “Town And Country” rings loud and proud during these times of social upheaval in our nation, preaching a message of tolerance and looking at people for who they are rather than society’s hashtags and prejudice. “The Weight Of The World” seemingly isgoes by one grain of sand at a time–“lover’s engaged, killers enraged,” and, when the whole thing gets too hard to bear, remember that the “bittersweet memories” of “My Own Paradise are only a moment away.”
Our favorite was another powerful-yet-painful reminder of the days in which we live. The “Unknown Soldier,” cut down in the prime of his life, longs for “somedays that never come” and begs not to have “died in vain.” It follows a modified marching beat, with Ronstadt’s cello the perfect complement.
JD Malone And The Experts have crafted a career-defining album with “Town And Country.” JD is extremely happy with the way it’s played out, and, for this band, the best is indeed yet to come! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.