Dear pretty much everyone griping about how country music is changing for the worse,
Jason Eady has just released his new album titled Daylight & Dark and now your argument is invalid.
What momentum he garnered from his 2012 release AM Country Heaven has steamrolled right on through to this latest effort. Eady has found his niche in country music and it’s making remarkably unapologetic great old school country music.
You won’t find any booty shaking bass beats or rocking guitar riffs on Eady’s Daylight & Dark, the tunes on this album could all easily slide into a classic country playlist amongst the likes of Hank Williams and the Possum. If you really listen to this album and close your eyes, you can see Eady standing on a stage surrounded by chicken wire in some old honky tonk. Song after song the local yokels sway back and forth on a saw dust covered floor to the waltzes and two steps he proudly croons from a bar stool on that beer stained stage.
You won’t find any truck songs or back roads or drinking… well there are some drinking songs. But it is not the cold beer and a hot girl drinking songs plaguing radio waves these days. These are the Merle Haggard ‘I’m drinking myself to death because I did that woman wrong’ kind of drinking songs. The exact kind of subject matter that so many are saying is missing from country music today oozes out of every single track on this album.
One thing you will find here is a collection of some of the best written songs likely to be released this year. With songs penned by Adam Hood and co-writes with Jamie Wilson, Courtney Patton, and Kelley Mickwee, Eady’s Daylight & Dark manages to connect with a listener and keeps filling your ears with so much auditory splendor that before you even realize what has happened, forty minutes have passed and this record is over.
Jason Eady has again managed to create an album that not just sounds like the stuff that we are missing these days, but breathes new life into it. The only thing this album is missing is the static coming through the speakers as the needle plays the last note on the last song before returning the arm to its original resting position for that split second before you place it back down on the grooves to start it all over again.