Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson


Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson


Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickenson Tour & Album

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickenson Tour & Album


Jarrod Dickenson, Ready The Horses
released March 10th 2017 via Proper Records

“An incredible talent” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice…” – Country Music People
“Brilliant songs” – Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

Texas born, Brooklyn resident Jarrod Dickenson is to release his new album ‘Ready The Horses’ on March 10th 2017 via Proper Records.
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) and further support slots with legendary artists Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean and The Waterboys, 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 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.

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

Bristol’s Colston Hall enjoys The Waterboys

WaterboysBristol’s Colston Hall enjoys The Waterboys

Tonight Colston Hall stood in front of The Waterboys and absorbed the music, and freed from seating constraints they danced.
The hall was packed and the stage was warm as the support act had built the evening up, courtesy of Jarrod Dickenson and his band with his own brand of Americana with twists and twirls of Texan beat and blues lap steel and great songs a perfect opening act for The Waterboys.
Now back to Mike Scott and the latest incarnation of The Waterboys, this was live music that entertained from the opening notes of Destinies Entwined and the closing notes before the encore of Long Strange Golden Road both taken from their current album Modern Blues. This was a night for the fans as the music dipped into the back catalogue with fans delighted when a personal favourite was aired across the auditorium and up into the roof space. The music was a cascading flow of high and intense emotions, the sound fell in torrents and then calmed with increasing musical emotion the timing was controlled and yet there was a sparkle of anarchic free spirit in every note played.
The audience participated on Nearest Thing To Hip was delivered with gusto as they sung Shithole! What makes The Waterboys is the combination of Scott’s power with words when singing and in his pithy observations and the mustachioed Steve Wickham and his electric violin added an orchestral layer of texture and tone. This is a band that loves to play the music, Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven got the feet dancing and re-energised the hall. The Waterboys defy any genre shorthand, personifying why the pigeonholing in to this type of music or another – genres sucks there is good music and bad music (which in reality is music you can’t connect to but someone else will) and then there is music that stands out from the crowd and this was The Waterboys.
Then Scott took to the keys and with Wickham stripped back the sound for Don’t Bang The Drum, the lyrics shimmered and great to hear a reminder from This is the Sea album. The crowded Colston Hall was delighted some were ecstatic with Whole Of The Moon and Medicine Bow. The musicians surrounding Scott were diverse adding a radiant brilliance the Hammond Organ from Memphis Brother Paul had a whirlwind of notes captured and thrown into the mix with bassist David Hood from Muscle Shoals in Alabama added in to the mix with Texan lead guitarist Zach Ernst and from London drummer Ralph Salmins.
The Colston crowd wanted The Waterboys to play all night Bristol wanted more and the three encore numbers appeased but never satisfied as Purple Rain faded away and the hall fell silent and the fans were delighted and excited live music once again had an positive effect on everyone as Bristol’s Colston Hall enjoys The Waterboys once again.

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