Jesse Terry review…November 12, 2017….

JESSE TERRY

STARGAZER

JACKSON BEACH MUSIC

STARGAZER–WOKEN IN THE WILDFLOWERS–DANGEROUS TIMES–ONLY A PAWN–KALEIDOSCOPE–STAY LOW–WON’T LET THE BOY DIE–DANCE IN OUR OLD SHOES–RUNAWAY TOWN–TROUBLE IN MY HEAD–DEAR AMSTERDAM

For Jesse Terry’s fourth album, entitled “Stargazer,” he sends out a message of hope for a world that is seemingly without hope.  The songs herein, all originals, share Jesse’s feelings that hope is always eternal, and life is in a constant state of flux, with a light always at the end of the tunnel.

These tracks were recorded at the East Side Manor Studios here in Music City, with Josh Kaler producing.  Also prominent within the context of this set is the use of strings throughout, which gives this material a definitive added dimension, courtesy of  arranger Danny Mitchell.

Jesse Terry grew up listening to much of the same popular music as did we, and you’ll hear many varied influences, from Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and ELO, The Byrds, Beatles, and Tom Petty, among many others.  Check out “Woken In The Wildflowers.”  It was written while Jesse was on holiday in New Zealand with his wife during the Women’s March back in the spring.  This song urges us all to return to a sense of urgency, and “wake up, wake up,” to the values of justice, love, and moral decency.  “Kaleidoscope” traces the toxic behavior of a lover thru the use of Beatle-esque guitars and harmonies, while “Runaway Town” is an ode to Nashville, Jesse painting it as a place where you “can find shelter when the weather gets crazy!”

We had two favorites, too.  The influences of The Traveling Wilburys are on display with an ode to happier times, when we’d “Dance In Our Old Shoes,” while twangy guitars set the tone for a song that ponders things “I never thought I’d live to see,” for “these are Dangerous Times,” for the whole world, indeed.

The common thread for all these cuts, tho, is that of hope for a better day.  The set has its own peaceful perspective, and Jesse Terry, with “Stargazer,” reminds us to hold onto the values we hold dear.  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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