- Special Features
- Blogs & Columns
- Fun & Games
Hailing from Austin, TX, Jack Wilson’s music easily fits in with the folksy-bluegrass twang of the South, but has evident elements from Seattle where he first began his career as a full-time musician. What makes his music interesting what Wilson calls the “blending” of folk inspiration and the influence of rock. After getting over the initial shock of Wilson’s appearance (his piercing blue eyes peek out from under shaggy hair and a pretty impressive beard), his self-titled album has a few noteworthy songs that are worth listening to.
The Texas-native demonstrates his versatility by the diversity of the tracks on the album. The first track, “Valhalla,” has a catchy refrain that would make a great song to listen to on a summer drive. The second song, “I’ll Do the Same,” is a startling contrast to the first track’s knee-thumping melody. “I’ll Do the Same” is perfect for a depressing day when all you want to listen to is more sad music to make you even more miserable.
“The Cure,” the third track off the album, features a blend of rock and country. It’s not my favorite – the lines “Everybody wants a cure” gets a little repetitive, but it at least takes your out of your depression from the previous song.
Given the title, I expected to whip out the tissues with “Paying for Misery (Thanks To You),” but the song opens with “There was blood on your face, it was caked in your curls,” and I was instantly drawn to the surprisingly buoyant melody. This is undoubtedly the album’s strongest song, which Wilson wrote as a tribute to the two folk singers and a train hopper who inspired Wilson to quit his menial job and pursue a career as a folk singer.
At times on the album, the fiddle can seem a little heavy-handed for anyone who does not prefer the country genre. But overall, the album features some appealing, upbeat songs that mix the distinct genres of rock and folk-blues. Wilson’s lyrics are well-crafted and tell you stories about love and life all with his charming voice to serenade you. If you are drawn toward more mellow sounds, you should consider giving Jack Wilson a listen.