Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds: Nowhere Feels Like Home
Jake Dunn & The Blackbirds return October 27th, with their first full length, "Nowhere Feels Like Home." Following up their EP "The Darkness Creeping In," released at the end of 2016, JD&TBB are back with the great songwriting from Dunn and the guitar of Dustin Nash. New to the fold, this time around, is Chuck McPeek, who lends lead guitar on many of the tracks. Rounding out the band is the rhythm section of Jesse Forrest (drums) and Bobby Wheeler (bass).
The band carefully picked the way each track flows into the next; like you are going for a long drive, stuck between stations, shifting back and forth, until you find just the right song.
The album is a story book of the people who get up and go to work everyday, earning their slice of the American dream or watch it slip away. Although some level of despair, heartache and small town life are the backdrop, there are glimpses of desire in every track. "'52 Cadillac" is a standout, delving into the tragic life and death of Hank Williams. Dissecting how one can give up their life for music and eventually dying for it; falling victim to the temptations of the road.
One acoustic track, tucked in the midst of the mid-tempo rockers, is "Hey (Don't Say It's Over)." This song is like a kick to the gut; a man in his mid 30's, not sure who he is or what he wants in his life or relationship. "When he wakes up, he don't feel anything, he just wants a brand new life."
"Slipping Away" is someone screaming out for help, wanting to shake what is holding them down, but at the same time, realizing they are falling further away from being saved. Sonically, this is a great example of the harmonies you find throughout the record. Each voice carrying the other.
JD&TBB give a voice to those in Appalachia: lost jobs, lost homes, lost relationships. With that voice, they make it clear there is a struggle to get through each day. Everyone is doing their best to make a better life; one foot on the side of optimism, the other concreted in hopelessness.
"All you need are your inhibitions to ever go nowhere in life. One day you wake up and you gave up everything. Do we live before we die?"
Be sure to catch JD&TBB on the road. Follow https://www.facebook.com/jaketdunn/ for updates.