“a master class in moody Americana” – D MAGAZINE
“a little Wilco, a little Son Volt” – Le Cri Du Coyote Magazine, FRANCE
“resolutely gritty, lovingly handmade tunes” – Preston Jones, DFW.COM
“A real success”– Rootstime Belgium
“Great production, great song craftsmanship and excellent tunes… 5 out of 5!” – A. Dorian, HOUSTON MUSIC REVIEWS
”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” – Jeffrey Sisk, PITTSBURGH IN TUNE
“Country-pop with complex arrangements and devilishly delicious 100% analog sound” – Max Achatz, COUNTRY JUKEBOX (Munich, Germany)
“Equal parts Lynyrd Skynyrd & Ryan Adams” – R2 Rock N’ Reel Magazine (UK)
“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” -Real Roots Cafe, The Netherlands
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
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“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.
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