Ben Jarrell (from the album Trouble Times available on Country Roots Records)
TheTroubled Timesreferenced in the recent release from Ben Jarrell makes itself known in the album’s first cut when “Troubled Times in a Tribal Town” plays out its murderous ballad with a beat. The ten tracks on Troubled Times are bookended by the Country Rock’n’Roll of Ben Jarrell on his debut, the dark edge of the album opener balanced by the exiting song on the release, “Colorado Bound” pouring liberal amounts of caffeine into the rhythms of its Rock-dosed Country. Cuts one and ten provide good bone framework for Troubled Times as Ben Jarrell shares stories of family (“Daddy’s Prison Radio”) and travel plans (“Big Iron Train”). Ben Jarrell sets a groove for “Black Helicopter” that revolves like the blades thumping overhead as he supports his stories his words with a backbeat that will leave scars.
First loves are tough to shake and Ben Jarrell adds a little rattle and roll when he reads “The Flyer” nailed to a wall asking ‘has anyone seen her’ as singer and song look for lost chords in Rock’n’Roll. The album answers the siren’s call in “Highway Whine” and tenderly takes a Country song to sea with “Marissa” while Ben Jarrell gives a shout-out to truck drivers and their own Troubled Times in “Gearjammer Blues”.
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