Jeff Jensen review…June 28, 2018….

JEFF JENSEN

WISDOM AND DECAY

SWINGSUIT RECORDS

I’M LIVING OFF THE LOVE YOU GIVE–200 DAYS–PRETEND FOREVERS–GOOD WOMAN BACK HOME–DOWNTOWN–LUCK IS GONNA CHANGE–WHAT WE USED TO BE–TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HOME WITH YOU–SOMETHING IN THE WATER–THE WATER JAM/SOMETHING IN THE WATER REVISED

With “Wisdom And Decay,” Jeff Jensen reaches down deep into his songwriter’s soul, baring it for us all to hear over the seven originals and three covers that comprise his latest set for Swingsuit Records.  The backing band is in fine form, too.  Along with Jeff on vocals, guitar, and banjo, there is Bill Ruffino on bass, David Green on drums, Chris Stephenson on keys, and a host of other contributors.

When Memphis is your hometown, you can’t do wrong by opening your set with one of Little Milton’s finest, “I’m Living On The Love You’re Giving,” featuring Reba Russell on backing vocals, and Chris’ B-3, giving this one a vintage, sweat-and-soul Stax groove.  “2000 Days” traces one man’s battle with personal demons, be they drugs, alcohol, or whatever, and rising up to overcome them.  Another cool song with a summery vibe finds our hero knowing that his “Good Woman Back Home” has always got his back no matter what, while Jeff brings the grit and grease to one of our favorite Dylan songs, “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You,” with “that whistle blowin” and “that station master,” too!

We had two favorites, at opposite ends of the blues spectrum.  First up, “Pretend Forevers” chronicles the ravages of aging in our loved ones, along with the frailties and brevity of life, reminding us all to “count your blessings” while you can.  Next, Jeff and his gospel choir take us all to Sunday-go-to-meetin’ with the testifyin’, call-and-response of better days a-comin,,’ “I Know My Luck Is Gonna Change,” featuring Chris on the sanctified keys.

Jeff Jensen is riding a cool wave of creativity with “Wisdom And Decay.”  You can feel his energy in both his vocals and his guitar work, and his lyrics are crisp,, thought-provoking, and, at times, bittersweet.  Can we get an AMEN! for Jeff Jensen?  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Suzanne Berkey on June 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Great review for the Jeff Jensen Group ! Thank you. I love this group !

    Reply

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