Texas born, Brooklyn resident Jarrod Dickenson is to release his new album ‘Ready The Horses’ on March 10th 2017. Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them.
Raising eyebrows in the UK singer-songwriter scene, Jarrod’s first exposure to UK audiences came in 2013 when he supported David Ford for 15 UK-dates. Following up with a successful headline UK tour (including a sold out London date), further support slots with legendary artists Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean and The Waterboys, and breakout performances at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival, the accolades started flying in from BBC radio hosts including Dermot O’Leary, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Janice Long, Robert Elms and Alex Lester.
Album two for the sharp dressing and soulful pickin’ singer-guitarist serves up slices of country soul blues hotter than Texas Toast, whilst still being able to calm the waters of the Rio Grande on heart-wrenching acoustic numbers familiar to fans of his first full length.
Jarrod embodies the originality and style of a bygone era with vintage dress hats and traditional southern sensibilities. The laid back writing found throughout ‘Ready The Horses’ is reminiscent of Gram Parsons, and Jarrod’s vocal flair could best be described as a young Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits before all the smokes and bourbon.
Genuine country albums are not complete without tales of cowboys and corporate greed, and Jarrod is a hand at depicting the struggles of the working man. All the while, he also proves his versatility as a writer by using his own colourful narrative as a backdrop to pen intimate ballads detailing the pitfalls of love and the constant struggle to be the best version of one’s self.
All tracks on the album were recorded with the core band live onto 2” tape as his musical forbearers would have. From the recording Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound, and the reels we worked with happened to have been previously used by Paul McCartney and Roger Daltrey. If you think about it, in a roundabout way I managed to get them to sing on my record!”
Cutting his teeth for 10 years on the Texas and Nashville circuit, Jarrod has most recently supported The Stylistics and Jools Holland on UK tours. In January 2017, he’s on the road with The White Buffalo, and he embarks on a headline tour to support ‘Ready The Horses’ in March 2017, including a special performance at the Sussex Dark Star Brewery.
January 2017 – The White Buffalo – Support Tour
Thu 19 Trinity Centre, Bristol
Fri 20 02 Shepherds Bush, London
Sat 21 02 Institute Birmingham
Mon 23 02 Ritz, Manchester
Tue 24 02 ABC, Glasgow
Wed 25 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
March 2017 – Headline Tour
Thu 16 Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Sat 18 Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Sun 19 Cluny 2, Newcastle
Tue 21 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Wed 22 Deaf Institute, Manchester
Thu 23 The Borderline, London
Sat 25 Dark Star Brewery, Partridge Green, West Sussex
Sun 26 Glee Club, Birmingham
Mon 27 Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury