Jason Eady (from the album I Travel On available on )
On album number seven, Jason Eady finds time to relax musically in the songs, an easy groove flowing through I Travel On, his recent release. Jason Eady is the “Happy Man”, the song tumbling like water in a creek, its cool strums offering a resume for what makes him smile. I Travel On chugs along, issuing a weather warning with “Below the Waterline”, threading a tangle of guitar notes as a path for “She Had to Run”, and finds room to stretch out in California as Jason Eady leaves his Fort Worth, Texas home to make the trip to “Calaveras County”.
The feel-good spontaneity of I Travel On traces back to the way Jason Eady gathered the cuts. On past releases, he would select songs written randomly and collected. I Travel On was a conscious effort, the tunes the result of a month-long burst of creativity. Jason Eady shares the story, recalling that ‘normally I take my pick of the songs I’ve come up with since the last album, but this time I was writing specifically for this record, and because the album’s 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 might’ve done in the past’. The ease translates in audio waves into the songs, I Travel On whispering “Always a Woman” on a rumble rhythm as a thick bass line guides the string band taps in “Now or Never”, and hitches a ride on the train track click of “That’s Alright” as Jason Eady trails a percussive patter into the album to explain “I Lost My Mind in Carolina” and reads mental diary pages on the dreamy melodies of the title track.
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