Dennis Jay

Dennis Jay

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Dennis Jay is a honky-tonk/Western singer-songwriter who takes you back to the classic sound of REAL Country and Western (as in cowboy) music. As a soloist or with the band he'll have your audience spellbound with a tender ballad and in an instant have them on the dance floor cuttin' a rug!

Biography

Dennis Jay is a singer/songwriter guitarist who writes and performs original songs with roots in traditional Country & Western, folk, blues, cowboy songs, and Mexican ballads. He got a large part of his early musical education as a child in Germany, when “every day I’d come home from school and turn on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFN). Most of the DJs were regular GIs who’d brought their record collections overseas. A lot of the music was from the South and they’d play rhythm and blues along with Country & Western. There were no artificial barriers between these types of music.”

After returning to the United States, Dennis attended high school in Maryland. He soon bought a brand new Martin D-18 and began writing songs. “It’s still the guitar I write ‘em on,” he says. Dennis spent the 70s and 80s traveling around the country, playing in coffee houses and bars, writing songs, and working odd jobs. When he reached Austin, Texas, Dennis performed both as a solo act and with a band. Next stop was Washington, DC, where he formed his own band. He did an occasional solo gig, such as opening for Steve Earle at the Birchmere. Now living near San Antonio in La Vernia, Texas, Dennis spent years living, working, and traveling the American West, from Arizona to Oregon, California to Kansas, Montana to New Mexico, North Dakota to Texas.

A critic called Dennis’ music “cowboy folk . . . minimalism . . . that’s unlike anything else around.” Dennis currently performs at cowboy music festivals, house concerts, and radio stations throughout the West and Southwest.

Discography

WHAT YOU SEE (LP):
What You See
Letters From Mexico
One Good Simple Reason
Eyes Full of Tears
Tupelo Flash
Betrayal
Roadful of Longing
Sorry Excuse for Love
Lonesome By Any Other Name
Did You Think That I’d Forgotten?
Christmas in the Badlands
Cancion para la Noche de Casamiento

“The disc’s high point is the Bakersfield-flavored sing-along ‘Lonesome By Any Other Name’ . . .This music is so charming and well played, you’ll find it listenable by any other name.”
-Linda Ray, No Depression, July/August 2003

PRIMICIA (EP):
Primicia
I Opened Your Letter
Run Buddy Run
That Last Night

“Primicia” was recognized as one of the top 10 best single Western releases of 2007 by Heartland Public Radio.

Collections:
Catamount Hot Unsigned (& Unsung) Americana Compilation, 2003; Spirit of the Old West Vol 1, 2007; Joe Baker’s Backforty Roundup Vols 1, 10, & 17, 2007; A Holiday Feast Vols 6-8, & Creme de la Creme, 2001-2003, 2005

Songs from WHAT YOU SEE and PRIMICIA have received airplay on stations across the country and in Canada. Dennis Jay has appeared live on radio shows such as Folk Fury (KTEP, El Paso, TX); Ruby’s Roadhouse (KXCI, Tucson, AZ); and Big G’s Texas Road Show (KRVL, Kerrville, TX).