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Jeff Tuohy (from the album Hudson Delta available as a self-release) (by Mason Winfree)
Some artists are known for their distinctive style prevalent on every track; a familiar sound that interweaves through catalogues of recorded material that from the very first guitar licks it is apparent who you are listening to. Other artists are more difficult to categorize. Singer/songwriter Jeff Tuohy is one of those artists that defies categorization. At times he’s Rock, Country, Alternative, or his self-proclaimed, not easily definable, Americana. The bounteous facets of Tuohy make up the heart of his third album, Hudson Delta, named for his own original genre described as a metropolitan attitude with an Americana sound.
A quality that elevates Hudson Delta is the way the songs take listeners on a journey of time and place. One track will have you dancing in the bayous of Louisiana, while the next will leave you drifting back to the country roads of your childhood, longing for days gone by. Produced by Tuohy along with Grammy Award winner, Brian Forbes, the album was recorded entirely in Brooklyn. The sounds enclosed within showcase the journey through the places that Tuohy has been and carries with him.
Jeff Tuohy kicks off the album in a big way on a song called “Funeral Party”. As somber as the title may sound, it actually is a party – demonstrating exactly what Tuohy can do with a rock band in tow. It pulls you right in and leaves you wanting more. And, we do get a lot more from this collection. This album sees Tuohy taking a foray into the world of country music and he does it well. Songs such as “Drunk Twice Today”, “Old Roads”, and “All My Friends Are Getting Married (I’m Just Getting Stoned)” are wonderful additions to Tuohy’s repertoire and would be perfect listening material for a drive out in the country.
A personal favorite, “Old Roads” is a multifaceted Country song that is equally fun to listen to as it is thought provoking. Some will be taken back to the carefree days of their adolescence growing up in a small town, while others will be left feeling nostalgic for a life that they never lived. The message of the song conveys how important places are in making us who we are. How our hometowns and childhood memories can be abundant wells of inspiration no matter how far we are away from home.
Another standout track from the collection is the haunting mix of sludge and Soul on “The Devil’s in New Orleans”. Offering a dose of social criticism (‘the world is full of heroes, but I don’t give a damn/Nowadays, our idols live on little screens’) and religious condemnation, the song is both swanky and dark in its examination of a world in turmoil. Accompanied by a masterful music video by 77 Marcus, “The Devil’s in New Orleans” feels like a nod to Tuohy’s popular song, “Bourbon Street,” which was released on his 2009 album, Cocoon.
Overall, Hudson Delta is an exploration into the diverse sounds and landscapes that make up the world of Jeff Tuohy. His songwriting is ethereal and brought to life by first-class musicianship. This is an album that not only deserves to be heard, but needs to be heard. You can stream Hudson Delta wherever you consume your digital music.
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