Americana stalwart Jason Eady just announced his new self-titled album, due out on April 21. The record marks his first in nearly three years and a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Daylight/Dark.
Eady teamed up with independent label services company Thirty Tigers for the release. Of course, Thirty Tigers also lays claim to some big releases from acts like Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Aaron Watson.
Through his five albums so far, Eady garnered praise as a contemporary of country heroes like Dwight Yoakam and Joe Ely. Now the Mississippi native returns with an album that hones in on his acoustic songwriting strengths.
“At the beginning I told everyone I wanted to make a record where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way,” Eady says in a press release. In fact, the only electric instrument on the whole album is steel guitar.
Eady premiered the song “Why I Left Atlanta” Friday. The gritty tune signifies vintage Eady.
And there’s more where that came from, according to the Texas country stalwart. The Fort Worth-based singer again teamed up with producer Kevin Welch for this new project. In it, he reflects on growing older (“40 Years”) and his daughter growing up (“Not Too Loud”). Other tunes also bring some great accompaniment.
“Rain” features SteelDrivers’ fiddle player Tammy Rogers, while “No Genie In This Bottle” features Vince Gill. Fellow songwriter (and Eady’s wife) Courtney Patton even shows up with harmonies throughout the whole record.
Eady released his debut album in 2005. Since then, he’s grown into a critical voice of one of country’s most passionate sub genres.
“The longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that the real joy comes from the process rather than the end goal,” Eady says. “Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself with every album.”