Jarrod Dickenson has announced the release date for his long-awaited album ‘Ready The Horses’ as September 29th 2017 and reveals new single ‘California’. After spending the summer performing at festivals such as Bestival, he will head out on a headline UK tour, starting at Hare and Hounds, Birmingham on October 4th and finishing off with a show at St Pancras Old Church, London on October 18th.
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, Jarrod spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to a wide variety of music loving audiences around the globe.
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.
“In the tradition of old southern Americana, but with a feel of something current; storytelling with soul.” – Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
The past few months have been quite a ride for Jarrod. With ‘Ready The Horses’ originally due for a March 2017 release, early reviews from a substantial spread of music magazines had proved the album a critical success. Jarrod was all set to reveal the fruits of his labours to the public when, after his fifth headline UK tour, he caught the attention of Decca Records and ‘Ready The Horses’ was picked up by the label.
Jarrod said of the news, “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.”
“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.”
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, this October he will embark on a UK headline tour celebrating the release of ‘Ready The Horses’.
UK TOUR DATES 2017:
26th August – Harvest Festival (Westport)
27th August – Harvest Festival (Enniskillen)
9th September – Bestival
3rd October – SOFAR SOUNDS, Leeds
4th October – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
5th October – Leadmill-Steel Yard, Sheffield
6th October – CCA, Glasgow
8th October – Upstairs at Paradiso, Amsterdam
10th October – The Club, 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