DELICIOUS (Slewfoot) Duane Jarvis
One of Americana's favored sons proves why, with all the frills of a torn leather jacket. If you're not into Duane Jarvis yet, it's time. If you're already a fan, might as well pull your wallet out.
DJ rocks East Nashville style, the wrong side of the river, and it was there that my friend Jude and I bumped into him at 1 a.m. on her birthday, last night at The Family Wash. (Right, it's a laundromat turned into a pub chic eatery and music den.) Yeah, I got one in the car, he said.
I got good and blue the next and rainy day, and that really helped me to get inside the deep and hypnotic quality of DJ's deceptively straight ahead and very sparsely produced record. Duane paired up with George Marinelli at his Wing Ding Studios, good things happen there. The co-producer is a mighty instrumentalist, but added only a few crucial flourishes. His Wurlitzer track on "Beyond Beautiful" and the Keith Richards style electric guitar on the title track certainly helped stand them out as my two clear favorites, although the surprisingly Leonard Cohen-esque co-write with Chuck Prophet, "Spread My Soul Too Thin," is also fabulous.
DJ's brand of alt-country draws from many quarters. Country Blues or even folk on some numbers, his punk tenure with The Divinyls surfaces on others, plenty of old Country and Blues ghosts walk through the lyrics and grooves of the eleven songs. All but one were co-written by the artist with a host of greats that include Tim Carroll and Tim Krekel, Chuck Prophet, George Marinelli and others.
The Duane Jarvis journey so far centers around the scenes of Portland, Los Angeles, and East Nashville. He counts a long list of luminaries among his friends and supporters, and has gigged or recorded with Lucinda Williams, The Divinyls, Dwight Yoakam, John Prine, Giant Sand, and Dave Alvin, to name a famous few. Along with appearing in several major motion pictures, his songs have been recorded by Lucinda Williams, Peter Case, Pinmonkey, Amy Rigby, Greg Trooper, Rosie Flores, and many other great artists.
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