Jason James Jason James on 180g LP + Download
Jason James' self-titled debut, due out on the esteemed New West Records label, introduces a charismatic young artist whose effortless mastery of his chosen style serves as a deeply compelling vehicle for his vibrant creative spirit. The talented Texan writes rousing honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word.
The 13 original compositions that comprise Jason James make it clear that the artist is making music that's timeless rather than retro, reflecting his interest in adding to country tradition rather than merely emulating it. Such catchy, impeccably crafted numbers as "Here Comes the Heartache," "I've Been Drinkin' More," "Back in My Arms" and "Fancy Limousine" have the ring of classic county songcraft, embodying the mix of swagger, sensitivity and pointed lyrical wordplay that's James' trademark.
Meanwhile, the stirring album-closer "Walk Through My Heart," co-written with fellow country tunesmiths Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon, demonstrates James' uncanny ability to create stirring, heart-tugging ballads in the classic mold. And he delivers his compositions in a voice that's unfailingly persuasive, whether he's belting out a sly, infectious honky-tonk tune or ringing the heartache out of an aching ballad.
A stellar supporting cast was recruited to bring James’ songs to life: producers John Evans (Hayes Carll, Corb Lund), Keith Gattis (Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam) and engineer Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Destiny’s Child) were at the helm, while the virtuosic talents of Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam), Glen Duncan (George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), Steve Hinson (Randy Travis) and New West labelmate Robert Ellis can be heard gracing the expansive collection.