By Jon Mason
Jess Wayne has certainly cut his own creative path. Only he hears this particular drumbeat. His new record Ride the River reflects his unique and earnest quest. His music feels vintage but enjoyably so. Definitely not dated. There’s a ‘70s honky tonk/lounge vibe running throughout the album.
Wayne has a talent for drawing seasoned musicians to his projects. They help Wayne traverse across several genres including a bluesy country and Wayne’s own brand of adult contemporary.
The tracks take the listener on a journey that is “complex, messy, muddy, simple and beautiful – all at the same time” as the artist will tell you. The album appears to be inspired by Wayne’s own experience from the rigid corporate world to his designated post as singer and songwriter.
As far as indie music goes, Ride the River is about an independent as you can get.
Jess Wayne – Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
John Matthew Rosenberg – Acoustic piano, keys and synth, backup vocals
Jimmy “Julio” Ledezma – Drums, percussion
Jesse Holsapple – Fretless bass, backup vocals (Jesse is not on the album)
Alexis Sklarevski – Electric bass (Alexis is only on the album)
Aimee Nolte – Backup vocals (only on the album)
Masta Edwards – Backup vocals (only on the album)
Matt Margucci – Accordion, harmonica (only on the album)
Produced by Douglas Jessop and John Matthew Rosenberg
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered – David Peters at Oak House Recording
Taken You Home Last Night
Better Get Used To It
Make It Up To You
Say Goodbye Hollywood
Next Time Around
Why Don’t You Lie To Me
How Do You Know
All I Can Do For Now