“a master class in moody Americana”
“resolutely gritty, lovingly handmade tunes”
“A real success”
“Great production, great song craftsmanship and excellent tunes… 5 out of 5!”
”Kerowax” is the debut album by this Americana-rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford. The group is composed of musicians from several Dallas/Fort Worth bands. The 10-track album was recorded, mixed, and mastered solely on analog equipment at Ferralog Studios in Dallas (Out November 25th on St Cait Records.)
Jack Kerowax arose out of friendships, collaborations and rehearsals in northeastern Texas. Looking for sidemen to perform on what he intended to be a full-length solo album, Johnny Beauford began playing with local musicians Garrett Padgett (Deadmoon Choir & Bravo, Max!), Nathan Adamson (The Hazardous Dukes) and Chase McMillan (Goodnight Ned). A weekly residency at a Dallas-area cafe gave the guys time to develop out a warm, fuzzed-out blend of Americana arrangements and pop hooks.
“Dallas-Fort Worth bandleader Johnny Beauford wanted to make a solo album, so began casting the net for compadres who would fit. The newly-minted assemblage started playing a weekly gig in Dallas, and the next thing anyone realized was that the Jack Kerowax was a band. Thank goodness for that, too, because the fresh aggregation has an appealingly strange way of roping together influences ranging from Lou Reed to real country, without ever sounding as preposterous as it looks in print”
During tracking and after completing sessions the band played 50+ shows over an 18 month period, opening for national acts Jessica Lea Mayfield, Bobby Bare Jr. Night Moves, My Jerusalem, The Bunny Gang, Eric McFadden and more. The band took an extended break from live performances in preparation for the albums’ release. Bassist Chase McMillan was later replaced by assistant engineer for the album, Nash Griggs.
“The Jack Kerowax serve up killer Americana on stellar debut album”
“Country-pop with complex arrangements and devilishly delicious 100% analog sound”
“Lyrically, this record is full of condensed short stories. Most of the stuff I write has some pretty dark undertones, and the music in response, usually seems to have some equally dark overtones. However, there are good times — and despite popular opinion, it is possible to be inspired by joy as easily as depression or anger”, says Beauford, a prolific songwriter and occasional solo artist who also fronts the rock group Bravo, Max!
The album’s lead single, “Ten Year War”, mixes thick harmonies, guitar arpeggios and gauzy keyboards into a cautionary love song. “It touches on falling in love with a country or religion or person or obsession that may very well turn its back on you”, says Beauford, who sings the tune in a warm, wounded baritone. Meanwhile, songs like “Huck Finn’s Hideout” and ‘”Fever” crank up the tempo as well as the guitar amps, resulting in a sound that mixes the swagger of blues with the boozy spirit of rock’n’roll. “Moonshine Barber” even finds enough room for harmonica and saloon-style piano, too, drawing a connection between the Dallas music scene of today and the more western-leaning sounds of the previous century.
“Indie-pop, Americana, and ingenious Texas blues”
Kerowax hits #20 on Euro Americana Chart for January 2015 (Read more)
Standout track “Bliss” remained on Top Hits list on 91.7 KXT for 15 straight weeks to begin 2015
(Check out KXT)
:: Stream “BLISS” on YouTube ::
Pre-Order KEROWAX on Vinyl Buy KEROWAX on CD KEROWAX on iTunes KEROWAX on Amazon
Shop for Jack Kerowax Merchandise including limited run t-shirts, posters, stickers, and more: KEROWAX STORE
“Kerowax” was produced by Jonathan Jackson & Jack Kerowax.
-Tracking and mixing at Ferralog Studios :: Dallas, TX.
-Branding, design, and print production by Belmont Icehouse :: Dallas, TX.
-Mastering by Billy Stull of Legendary Audio :: Corpus Christi, TX.
–European Press: PETER HOLMSTEDT :: Hemifran :: Holmstedt, Sweden.
|Tour: 2016 Tour|
|07/31/16||Dallas||Goodfriend Beer Garden|
|Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1154 Peavy Rd. Venue phone: (214) 324-3335. Related post.|
|08/11/16||Dallas, TX||Armoury D. E.|
|Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2714 Elm St.. Venue phone: (972) 803-5151. Jack Kerowax will play 3 full sets starting at 9pm at Armoury Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX. The show is Free to attend, and will be the band’s first time at the relatively new deep ellum Bar. More information|
|08/24/16||Dallas, TX||Sofar Sounds|
|Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Secret House Show Location. Jack Kerowax will be a part of Sofar Sounds for the first time on August 24th. To attend the intimate performance, go to Sofar Sounds website and sign up to be invited to future shows in your city. Buy Tickets More information|
|09/16/16||Dallas, TX||Nasher Sculpture Center|
|Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2001 Flora St.. ‘til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent paired with artistic and topical film screenings in the Nasher Garden. ‘til Midnight is free and open to the public and takes place the third Friday of each month from May to October with a bonus Spring Break event in March. Guests have the opportunity to participate in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Specialty picnic dining and grab-and-go snacks provided by Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. Buy Tickets More information|
|10/22/16||Denton, TX||Harvest House|
|Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $2.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 331 E. Hickory St.. Venue phone: 940-218-6148. Harvest House in Denton, TX is one of the best venues in all of North Texas. The stage, sound, lights, staff, drinks, and patio could go neck and neck with any venue in Austin as well. Do yourself a favor and mark this date down. Jack Kerowax love this place and you will too.|
FOLLOW THE BANDTweets by @jkerowax