I have known the name Jack Ingram for a fair few years now as he was one of the first artists who were originally signed to Big Machine Records along with Taylor Swift, amongst others. Despite knowing his name, I have never sat down and listened to his music till now and I am glad that I took the time to do so.
Currently on Rounder Records, Jack releases his first album (Midnight Motel) after a seven year break.
Midnight Motel is a soothing, musically calming, toe – tapping, uplifting/feel good album that makes you sit down, unwind, close your eyes and take in the music completely. It’s musically and instrumentally fantastic with a real mix of some of the best genres such as Country, Folk, Blues, American and Roots.
Jack has such a nice soulful and mature Folk/Americana style vocally and sonically and none of the songs are throw away tracks – each song has a lot to offer and takes me back to all those great artists from my childhood that my dad would listen to such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and more recently one of my favourite artists – Barna Howard. Jack also reads the songs in a way that reminds me a bit of Billy Joel.
This album is interesting too as Jack talks before some of the tracks telling great stories such as one about Merle Haggard with a great impression of him too.
The whole album flows beautifully making every song fit perfectly in the order that they are placed which is always a good thing and avoids the need to skip any tracks.
Jack is one of those artists I would love to see live in a completely quiet environment where the audience just sit and listen and appreciate just how great an artist and performer is.
I thoroughly enjoyed every song on this album but if I had to choose, I would say stand out tracks for me are Old Motel, Nothing To Fix, What’s A Boy To Do and the single I’m Drinking Through It which was co written by some of country musics finest writers – Lori McKenna and Liz Rose.
The album starts and ends with the same track Old Motel but two different versions, the last one being an acoustic version, it is hard to say which one is better as are both equally fantastic versions.
Jack Ingram is a breath of fresh air to the music industry today and I wish we had more musically and vocally mature artists like Jack. He showcases so much experience and reality in his style which tends to be rare these days.
If you are a fan of any of the above mentioned artists and of real, experienced music, then I reccomend you listen to this album.
Midnight Motel is released today (October 14th) and can be downloaded here:
Listen to Midnight Motel by Jack Ingram on @AppleMusic.
Jack will be over in the UK in November as part of Texas Music Takeover and will be playing in various venues across London over a few days. Details can be found here: