Bands to Watch #315: Jameson

By on Tuesday, 16th December 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

California singer/songwriter Jameson Burt, known on stage simply as Jameson, is currently in the midst of a UK tour supporting fellow American West Coast band Rival Sons. His new EP ‘Carnivore’ features five tracks of emotionally evocative, banjo-laced Americana rock. Often the bright, twangy sound of a banjo indicates a light-hearted thematic approach, but Jameson uses the instrument to add interest and color to the dramatic, minor-key sound of his songs. Listening to the virtuosity of his banjo melodies, it’s hard to believe that he is self-taught, having only picked up the instrument about two years ago while working at a roadside fruit stand.

Jameson cites among his musical inspirations “bourbon, sleep deprivation and the writings of Ernest Hemingway”. His current single ‘Breathe Your Last’ is a searing, uptempo folk rock number that displays all three of those influences. From the opening moments, the banjo and percussion provide a sense of frenetic insomniac agitation. His powerful vocals evoke the dark, rich flavor of American whisky, while his lyrical “tales of travel and restlessness, love and listlessness, passion, desire and regret” have a certain existential trace of Papa Hemingway about them.

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Aside from his unique banjo style, the standout characteristic of Jameson’s music is his singing voice. On the surface his delivery is raw and emotive, but close listening reveals that his voice is technically strong and flexible as well. His full vocal sound is displayed throughout the EP, but more impressive are the virtuosic moments, such as the melodic run in the chorus of ‘Falling’.

The single version of ‘Breathe Your Last’ includes a reworked version of a track called ‘Liar’ from Jameson’s solo acoustic ‘Pronto’ EP. While ‘Liar’ doesn’t feature on ‘Carnivore’, it’s worth a listen just to hear the progression of Jameson’s arrangement. The addition of percussion and backing vocals transforms the song from simple country folk to something much more sensual, giving an ironic twist to the gospel flavor of the lyric “come on preacher / pass the plate around while we’re listening / you talk up your faith, downplay your sin”.

Following on from ‘Pronto’, which was released in March of this year, Jameson wrote, performed and recorded ‘Carnivore’ single-handedly before enlisting producer Dallas Krusse and Rival Sons bassist Dave Beste to polish the final sound. Beste subsequently invited Jameson to open as tour support on Rival Sons’ UK shows in the summer of 2014 and then on their current European and UK Fall Tour, which began in November.

‘Carnivore’ was released on the 8th of December and is available now. If you’re quick, you can catch Jameson opening for Rival Sons as they wrap up their tour of the UK; find all the dates on Rival Sons’ official Web site.

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