Gethen Jenkins (from the album Western Gold available on 5 Music)
Western Gold, the recent full length debut from Gethen Jenkins, hits a honky tonk groove that sticks like a BBQ stain, the sweet sound of Gethen’s voice driving road-tested beats that read no speed limit or exit signs…..and that is just the first track (“Bottle in My Hand”). The lights on the honky tonk dance floor catch couples spinning slowly (“Waiting”) as they feel the funk of a boogie coming on (“Restless Ways”), kicking up sawdust on classic traditions (“Heartache Time”). Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson), Western Gold recalls times when the AM radio was the only companion on long haul highways as Gethen Jenkins brings history into today, the power in his voice cradled in sad Country melodies wrapping around the goodbyes in “While I’m Away” and hitching a ride to the fast-moving Rock’n’Roll beat the propels “Basket Case” down the blacktop.
Born in West Virginia and raised in a rural Indian village in Alaska, Gethen Jenkins spent eight years in the military before establishing himself on the west coast, carving out a fertile spot for Country music in SoCal. Western Gold shines on love with “Strength of a Woman”, lays down a rock’n’roll country rhythm for “Maintenance Man”, and heads home to California in the freedom of the title track as Gethen Jenkins heads for the bottom of the glass as a cure in “Whiskey Bound” and exits the album on a triple threat with “Me, The Bottle, and Nothing But Time”.
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