Jesse Terry review…March 15, 2018…..

JESSE TERRY

NATURAL

JACKSON BEACH RECORDS  JBR-003

KALEIDOSCOPE–RUNAWAY TOWN–MR. BLUE SKY–STARGAZER–LOOKING CLOSE ENOUGH–BEAUTIFUL WAY TO GET HOME–CARRY–I WAS AN ISLAND–NOISE–MOUNTAIN ROSE–CLOSE MY EYES–NATURAL

For Jesse Terry’s latest album, “Natural,” he chose some of his favorite female singers to duet on these twelve originals.  His November, 2017, “Stargazer,” was full of powerful songs that offered hope for a better day, and “Natural,” carries that torch further, with three songs on this set that also appeared on “Stargazer.”

Leading off is just such one of those cuts, “Kaleidoscope.”  In its 2017 incarnation, it was an uptempo rocker, but appears here in a much softer, lullabye-ish arrangement,  with Sarah Darling on duet vocal.  “Runaway Town” is still one of the coolest odes to Nashville that you’ll hear,  where “we all come from different places, and we’ve all got the same stories to tell,” with Cary Ann Hearst on the duet parts.  Dar Williams adds an ethereal touch to “Stargazer,” reminding us to always stay true to our convictions.  “Carry” features Kim Richey on duet vocals, as Jesse takes a look at life and love thru the simpler things that one encounters every day, such as “sharing a bottle of red wine,” and “not worrying about the how’s and why’s.”

We chose three favorites.  Jesse and Liz Longley team up for a wistful take on Jeff Lynne’s ELO classic, “Mr. Blue Sky,” stripping this song into it’s simplest form.  Looking at love’s other side was the theme of our other two favorites.  Dar Williams is again the duet partner as Jesse compares being alone to the fact that, “without your sweet voice, all the world is Noise.”  The set closes on a similar note, as Jesse sings the album’s title cut by himself, as he feels his grief for a lost lover will become “Natural” whenever “the sun sets in the east.”

Jesse Terry is riding an incredible string of creativity lately.  The outstanding material of “Stargazer” has led directly to more deeply-personal songs that pair him with some of Americana’s finest femmes’ to create a true “Natural.”   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful and well written review Don and Sheryl! means the world.. All the best to you and keep in touch:) cheers! jesse

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