Today marks the release of Jarrod Dickenson’s long awaited second album ‘Ready The Horses’. With accolades already granted from the UK’s top music magazines and a slew of respected online outlets, the album was heralded a triumph before it even reached the public. In celebration, Jarrod is unveiling the video for ‘Take It From Me’, once again directed by Kenny McCracken (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Turin Breaks, Aurora).
In his lyrical style, lauded by Q magazine as ‘hard bitten yet romantic’, Jarrod recounts a familiar tale of romantic feuding, which he explains “is simply saying, in a slightly humorous way, that shouting at each other isn’t the way to fix things. Talk it out. Put aside your pride.”
The suitably grandiose swells of brass and sudden stops build a picture of frustrated tension, which Jarrod remarks as “a soul tune, or my attempt at one. I wanted punchy horn parts and a great groove. This was a lot of fun to record, and is one of my favourite songs to sing live.”
Kenny McCracken has created a beguiling, cinematic video that complements the song both thematically and aesthetically. Kenny described his creative vision as “warm but dark, old and cinematic. Combining this with Jarrod’s immaculate styling and period clothes, I visualised a travelling show that I could feed tension into. It suddenly became obvious that knives and the potential for harm were a good mix.”
Kenny and Jarrod have now made two videos together, as Kenny reflects, “It was one of those jobs where everything just comes together perfectly. My crew were all my first choices and the track and Jarrod were perfect, and both so easy to work with”.
“His songs carry an independent spirit and grit….. that seems bred into Lone Star songwriters” – Q magazine
Long awaited by fans, ‘Ready The Horses’ is released today via Decca records. Originally announced for a March release, Jarrod caught the label’s eye after one of his captivating live shows, and was snapped up for a September release. The partnership has been perfect says Jarrod, “I think we’ve found a great home for the new album with Decca Records. It’s an honour to be working with such an iconic label, and to be a part of their rich musical history. I’m very proud of ‘Ready The Horses’, and I am excited to send it out into the world.”
Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them. Hailing from Waco, now based in Nashville via Brooklyn, Jarrod spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to music loving audiences around the globe.
“In the tradition of old southern Americana, but with a feel of something current; storytelling with soul.” –Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
Jarrod’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Lonesome Traveler’ and his subsequent EP ‘Songs From Willow St’ paved the way for him to tour the UK, Ireland and Europe extensively over the last several years. Breakout performances at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival, along with recent tours supporting legendary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean, The Waterboys and Jools Holland have earned Jarrod a formidable and loyal fan base across the globe, including BBC radio hosts Dermot O’Leary, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Janice Long, Robert Elms and Alex Lester.
“A smoky, filthy, Waitsy, Cohen-inflected piece of subterranean melodrama…and I like it.” –Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music
“From the moment he starts playing, it’s a joy” – Country Music People
With such mature songwriting, it’s hard to believe this is only album two for the sharp dressing and skillful pickin’ singer-guitarist. Jarrod embodies the originality and style of a bygone era with vintage-inspired-hats and traditional southern sensibilities. The laid back writing found throughout ‘Ready The Horses’ is reminiscent of Gram Parsons, and Jarrod’s vocal flair has been compared to both a young Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.
“A voice like a young Tom Waits…Jarrod Dickenson’s songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for.” – No Depression
All tracks on the album were recorded with the core band live onto 2” tape, with Jarrod recalling, “I’ve found that getting a group of musicians all together in the same room, and playing the songs live allows you to capture the energy and feel of a live performance, because it’s just that; a performance. You feed off each other, and create a much more honest and meaningful thing in my opinion. Recording to tape produces that warm sound we all love, but also affords you less room for error. I think it forces you to give each take your all.”
“A delight from start to finish” – HiFi News
Cutting his teeth for 10 years on the Texas and New York circuits, Jarrod has recently enjoyed supported slots with The White Buffalo, The Stylistics and Jools Holland on UK tours. Following spots at Harvest Festival and Bestival over the summer, he is now revving up for an October UK headline tour celebrating the release of ‘Ready The Horses’ .
OCTOBER 2017 – UK Headline tour
4th October – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
5th October – Leadmill-Steel Yard, Sheffield
6th October – CCA, Glasgow
8th October – Upstairs at Paradiso, Amsterdam
10th October – Norwich Open, Norwich
11th October – Cluny, Newcastle
12th October – Soundhouse, Leicester
13th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
14th October – Esquires, Bedford
15th October – Louisiana, Bristol
17th October – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
18th October – St Pancras Old Church, London
“If you can catch him, you should…he reminds me of this cat, Gram Parsons” –Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2