Video: Oklahoma one-man band Tennessee Jet releases new album 'The Country'
Oklahoma-bred one-man band Tennessee Jet released today his new album "The Country" via Thirty Tigers.
The Hugo resident aimed to showcase the stylistic diversity of country music, from a bluegrass cover of the Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels" to a surprising and raucous rendition "Pancho & Lefty" that has him swapping verses with his pals Cody Jinks, Elizabeth Cook and Paul Cauthen and features Brian Newman on trumpet and Mickey Raphael on harmonica.
“I grew up hearing a lot of 'traditional and outlaw country,'" he said in a statement. "Once I started making my own music, I realized that even if I mastered those sounds, I'd still be emulating someone else. I had to make music of my own. In order to know what you can bring to a genre, sometimes it's good to do the opposite of that genre, so you can try on those clothes and see how they feel. The things that are authentic to you, you keep. The things that aren't you, you discard.
"Slowly, you pick up different things from the artists you respect, and it becomes something that's unique to you. It’s how most all great art is made. It takes a constant exploration of yourself, so you can create something that truly sounds like you. What I've found is that country music has been a constant, there since the beginning. No matter what I do — no matter how far I stretch outside of it — it has always be there."
Long before Tennessee Jet began crisscrossing America as a one-man band, he journeyed the interstates of Oklahoma with his bronc-riding father and barrel-racing mother. Country music was always on the radio back then, and those songs — honest, heartfelt classics by icons like Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam, both of whom he'd eventually join on tour — left a permanent mark, according to the press materials.
His third album, "The Country" pays homage to his childhood soundscape.
Look for my interview with Tennessee Jet about his new album coming soon.
For more information, go to tennesseejet.com.