The Jompson Brothers
Of late, I’ve broadened my musical horizons into what could be described as “Modern Country”. I’ve also read it described as “Roots rock” and “Americana”. I’m sure the truth is somewhere in-between. In all honesty, it’s something that I never really thought I’d enjoy as much as I do. Here’s a few recommendations before we get to the “J” entry itself.
Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” (2016). Great vocals and so much more than a country album. The addition of strings and horns as well as a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” really takes things to a whole different level. He’s also pissed off the Nashville “Royalty” which I quite like.
Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016) The album was released before Trump won. The sentiments are pretty much the same on this “politically charged” album.
Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free (2015) – Once of the aforementioned Drive-by Truckers, Isbell has went on to release 5 albums under his own name. Something More Than Free is excellent. There’s a nicely-filmed, full concert, right here
Finally, The Jompson Brothers. Before Chris Stapleton was a 20-year, overnight success story with his album “Traveller” (new album out in a couple of weeks BTW), he’d been dipping his toes into a few different sounding musical ventures. The Jompson Brothers (none of whom are related or called Jompson, of course) had that classic rock feel about them. They only released the one album and it seems to have been “here today, gone tomorrow” kinda thing. I rather like it.