“There’s a collective consciousness about the myth of California,” Heath says. “It’s the Wild West, the dream come true, the gold rush.
Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
Versatile Americana band with rock and roll, blues, punk rock and soul roots Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls make their way to the stage at the Cowgirl in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. This event and the Cowgirl are on SantaFe.com, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s premier on-line visitor guide.
Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls look for hope and life affirmation in that heart of darkness throughout their second album, Packed for Exile, released independently on Still Small Recordings.
Firmly entrenched in organically American music, the band mines elements of rock, country and folk coupled with rich storytelling and the poking and prodding of emotional contexts both personal and worldly.
Packed for Exile follows Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls’ first release, The Vain Hope of Horse, which PASTE Magazine called “a wonderful debut: ragged, soulful and well-written." The compelling collection included guest appearances by Tom “The Nightwatchman” Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Wilco’s Nels Cline on lap steel. The songs resonated with strains of working class rock’n’roll and rustic punk, leaving Dave Marsh, legendary rock journalist and author, to comment, "Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls speak to the heartache and joy in the world, with the wisdom not to try to separate them, and the skill to make all of it beautiful."
“Actually, we didn’t set out to do a record,” Heath says. “I was working with other musicians and had a lot of songs that didn’t fit into that repertoire, so I recorded demos of me and just acoustic guitar, then added different members of the Greedy Souls, plus Nels, Tom and Wayne joining in. So while Vain Hope sort of became the record it wanted to be and just happened, for Exile, we’ve gone into it as an actual band album.”
The Greedy Souls include the core of Heath, Jason Federici (son of late E Street Band member Danny Federici) on accordion and organ, guitarist Aaron Gitnick, Will Mack on upright and electric bass, and Heath’s lifetime compadre Abe Etz on drums, as well as distinctive touches from, pianist Chris Joyner and fiddle player Ysanne Spevack.
The songs on Exile are fresh and original yet also echo with legacy. This is especially so on the album’s first single, and deceptively upbeat “California Wine,” which is filled with streaks of Golden State sunshine through its buoyant melody, but also brings with it wary skepticism.
“There’s a collective consciousness about the myth of California,” Heath says. “It’s the Wild West, the dream come true, the gold rush. There’s timelessness about the idea and it’s got weight now in the modern age. You see people come and go with dreams on their sleeves sometimes those dreams get smashed on the rocks.”
With the release of Packed for Exile, the band carries its vision forward through songs that paint pictures of lives in flux, meeting challenges sometimes unseen.
Praise for Packed for Exile:
"When you hear that a band named itself after a passage in the Old Testament, you don’t expect the energetic, often raucous mix of folk and American found on Packed for Exile. There’s a lot of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions here, songs with a social conscience and a dancer’s heart."
--Sun 209 Americana Reviews
"(Packed for Exile) is an impressive release with a blend of Americana roots and 70's Album Rock...The band may be from the West coast, but Heath's lyrical themes play to the American heartland."
--Chip Frazier, Twangville & Amber Waves of Twang
"Packed For Exile is one of the most American-sounding records made in recent years...Heath and his cohorts sound like they wrote these songs on the freeway, rehearsed them on the highway, and played them all night in bars."
--Alex Green, Caught in the Carousel
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