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Jason Eady

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 4:00 AM

Since the 2005 release of his debut album, Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Jason Eady has brought a rare balance of unguarded honesty and poetic sophistication to his songwriting. With his catalog spanning from blues-infused Americana to bare-bones reimagining of classic country, Eadys seventh full-length takes on a looser, livelier, more groove-driven sound than ever before. But while I Travel On brims with a feel-good spontaneity, the Fort Worth-based artist continues to instill each song with the subtle insight and emotional depth that makes his music so powerful.The follow-up to his 2017 self-titled effort, I Travel On marks the first time that Eadys recorded an album with his road banda lineup whose rhythm section is made up of musicians from an R&B/roots background, and whose lead players hail from the bluegrass world. With Grammy Award-nominated duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joining them in the studio, I Travel On wholly captures the unbridled energy and kinetic camaraderie that the bands recently displayed in their relentless touring and in sharing stages with the likes of Sturgill Simpson.One of the best things about making this album is that it was all done livejust six guys with acoustic instruments sitting in a room together, playing these songs wed been working out for a while on the road, says Eady. It was a much different and more organic process than hiring studio musicians and then making an album right after youve met each other.In another departure from his previous work (including 2014s critically lauded Daylight & Dark and 2012s AM Country Heaven, a top 40 debut on Billboards Top Country Albums chart), Eady wrote most of I Travel On in a month-long burst of creativity. Normally I take my pick of the songs Ive come up with since the last album, but this time I was writing specifically for this record, he says. And because the albums so groove-centered, I focused on the way words rolled off the tongue and how they moved with the music. If something felt good to sing, I just let it be instead of going back and editing myself like I mightve done in the past.Co-produced with Eadys longtime collaborator Kevin Welch and recorded at the Blueroom Studios in Nashville, I Travel On instantly proves the power of that approach with I Lost My Mind in Carolina: a joyfully stomping album-opener that recounts the bands on-the-road hellraising in the city of Charleston. On lead single Calaveras County, Eady details their wanderings in California Gold Country, paying homage to its Wild West ruggedness as the song unfolds in tumbling guitar lines and big-hearted harmonies featuring Eadys wife, Courtney Patton. Although much of the album speaks to enjoying the journey youre on rather than wishing you were somewhere else, I Travel On explores everything from the indiscriminate destruction of natural disasters (on Below the Waterline, a gently devastating bluegrass waltz co-written with Patton) to the foolishness in playing life so safe you forget to actually live (on the gloriously gritty Pretty When I Die, co-written with singer/songwriter Justin Wells). And on the hypnotic and haunting Always a Woman, Eady begins by offering a darkly charged reflection on love and regret, then shifts into a mood thats far more hopeful but equally intense.No matter what emotional terrain hes treading, Eady imbues each track on I Travel On with a brightness of spirit. Even on the sad songs, theres always a positive spin, he points out. In adding that spin to the albums more heavy-hearted moments, Eady shows an elegance of songcraft that traces back to his musical coming-of-age, when hed carefully study the writing of such artists as Merle Haggard and Guy Clark. Growing up in Jackson, he got his start gigging in bars at age 14, then moved to Fort Worth and began playing open mic nights after spending six years in the Air Force. As he gained a devoted following, Eady self-released From Underneath the Old in 2005 and steadily expanded his

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