Trying to find the perfect roadtrip music...no wait I don't actually have a driving license. Let's restart, on the train ride back home I am listening to 'Taken you home last night', the first track on Douglas Jessop aka Jess Wayne's album 'Ride the river'. Well, whether you own a driving license or not, the record makes the perfect roadtrip music. You can still enjoy it from the passenger seat (if you're lucky enough to have a driver) with the wind blowing in your face...and the sense of freedom and that bittersweet happiness/sadness...back to the album, the musician himself defines it as 'electronic bourbon folk with a jazz back'. Bourbon is a kind of American whisky, in British English it's a chocolate-flavoured biscuit with a chocolate-cream filling. Given that Wayne lives in California I'll go for the whisky. Yeah that's right, the record's not just a roadtrip soundtrack, it's got a touch of American(a) feeling to it.
Wayne is a true storyteller, his lyrics are filled with wisdom and honesty. Equally great are the guitar riffs on the album with a real bluesy feeling. Credit for the album's brilliance also goes to the other band members: John Matthew Rosenberg on keys, Jimmy Ledezma on percussion and Jesse Holsapple on bass and backup vocals.
Jess was an attorney, he then decided to follow his heart and turned to music, his true passion. In my humble opinion, he made the right choice!
Get 'Ride the River' on Jess's website!
- Why don't you lie to me 'I can see us tangled in love's sweet bet, the sheets are dampened the sky's turning red...'
- Garden song 'He plants tiny seeds in a row, covering gently so they grow..'
- How do you know 'There'll be a flash of pain followed by slow rain, that's how you know..'