Jarrod Dickenson - Manchester (gulliver's)
If Jarrod Dickenson's third studio album, BIG TALK sounds like a mighty roar of defiance, that's not a design choice or a marketing decision. The big Texan is settling scores all over town and he means every f*cking word. so what happened in the years since the release of Dickenson's soulful sophomore long-player, Ready the Horses, to have turned this honey-voiced southern gentleman into a brawler? After a major label deal-gone-bad threatened to choke off his career and Covid complications left him with a life-long medical condition Dickenson would have certainly been forgiven for retreating to his Nashville home to lick wounds and maybe write a collection of introspective self-pity anthems. Instead, the hardships and infuriation of recent years have only added steel to the resolve of an artist already willing to do it the hard way, prepared to stand in the face of a music business that shows dwindling regard for the brand of artistry that first inspired him to pick up a guitar and sing for his life. This album represents Dickenson's most direct and uncompromising body of song writing to date, and his decision to occupy the producer's chair has injected BIG TALK with a drive and coherence that compliments the muscle of its material. Dickenson now exists as a fiercely independent artist, a look that suits him well and allows his creativity to follow whatever path it damn well pleases. Nowhere is this attitude better encapsulated than in the bluesy rock and roll growl of his ferocious new album BIG TALK, released worldwide on February 3rd, 2023 via Hooked Records. Special Guest: Chris Kasper With roots in Philadelphia, Chris Kasper channels the timeless sounds of soulful songwriting, vintage blues, and poignant poetry, blending them into his own unique style. Along the way, he's had the privilege of touring alongside the likes of Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and more, earning a reputation as a consummate musician and performer. His latest album, Holysmoke, showcases his ability to conjure up rich, emotive tapestries of sound and story.