Jake Ward was born on the southern shore (Gulf Coast) and with very different musical traditions running through his veins. Country music can often seem to be full of predictable pitfalls and cliches. But there are few artists who paint very different pictures even whilst using the same palette of musical colours like Jake.
Even when the titular track is in acoustic country ballad mode, Jake Ward explores wonderful new ways of blending the genre with contemporary rock and some deft pop hooks and mainstream sensibilities. As a result the song is created by twanging country rock guitars, sweeping folky fiddles, rich harmonies and a mix of confident riffs, poetic lyrics and clever musical detail. It’s an accessibility which will have the most fervent pair of country boots stepping and stomping. But will also get the pop sneakers on the move too.
Although the title track of the e.p. has the same name, it is the most considered and understated of the collection. Freight Train, it’s polar opposite is heartland rock at its most vibrant, He is Leaving tracks folky, bluesy, country boogie to its logical and most energetic conclusion. Where The Wind Blows is stadium ready country-pop-rock. The package is very electric!
Country music in many ways is the beating heart of the nation, the soundtrack to the American Dream. In popular perceptions it is as powerful and popular, diverse and desired as ever and it is artists like Jake Ward who will ensure that it stays that way. There is a reason why he already comes with the label, Number one best kept secret in the Texas music scene!