Jameson and the Sordid Seeds
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Jameson and the Sordid Seeds

Whitefish, Montana, United States | SELF

Whitefish, Montana, United States | SELF
Band Rock Reggae




"Jameson and the Sordid Seeds"

Normally, I'm the one reaching out to bands. But recently, a publicist from the Whitefish, Montana-based band, Jameson & the Sordid Seeds, reached out to me and turned me on to J&SS's brand of reggae/blues.

He mentioned their song "Brotherman" was featured on a recent Relix Magazine compilation CD packaged with the magazine. Years ago, a Relix compilation introduced me to some bands that would come to be favorites of mine. So I thought I would spread the love by introducing you to J&SS.

Now, there are a lot of bands who find their niche 'Americanizing' Bob Marley's Kingston vibes. Some achieve this sound better than others. From Sublime to Disptatch to OAR, to some newcomers like John Brown's Body and Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and many others.

When I heard J&SS, those bands came to mind, but tried to pick up the subtle ways J&SS stood apart. I found a definite strength in front man Brent Jameson's vocals. According to J&SS's MySpace page, Jameson "put his struggles with addiction behind him several years ago and began pursuing music with a newfound vigor." You can definately hear the truth and passion in songs like "For Your Love." In others, his voice blends in with the steel drum, horns and keys to form a soothing mix that I could only compare to singer Mike Mattison of the Derek Trucks Band.

Don't want the summer to fade away? Check out Jameson & The Sordid Seeds. They will put you right where you want to be.

-J - Casual Evolution

"25 JUL 11"

25 Jul 11
Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide's rockin' around town on a Monday night at Lakeview's popular venue for local music. At Elbo Room, she's groovin' to the cool island breeze reggae/ska sounds with an eclectic twist by Jameson & the Sordid Seeds (MT). What made this band's reggae different from what this reviewer has seen and heard? They added an element of guitar rock riff within the core vibe of the reggae/ska music thus giving it an edgier sound at certain moments inside each song. Plus that same edgier sound gave Jameson's upbeat reggae tempo more definition as well as melodic rock riffs off the dirty electric chords.

This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed groovin' to the danceable beats amidst the vibrant sound especially when the rock elements were tossed in the mix. It certainly took Jameson's sound and vibe to another level of enjoyment. For example, listen to Brotherman which rocked down the stage with its intense dirty chords within the ska sound. Yet there was also a funky reggae side to this Montana band too. Check out Jameson's homage to the godfather of soul, James Brown. Also this band featured dynamic but deep falsetto vocals by front man Brent and the way he vividly popped the words inside the lyrics. At times he wowed the ears with a powerful display of an emotionally charged voice especially heard in Brother Man. Even while the band played in a downtempo ska groove, his vocals were allowed to take the spotlight totally melting the microphone with emotionally charged falsettos as heard in I Got Soul (What Ya Got West Coast) and closer, Suicide Mission.

SouthSide highly suggests catching this reggae/ska-rock soundwave by Jameson and the Sordid Seeds while they're currently on tour, blogspot readers. Though remotely far from the nearest Caribbean island, this band has vividly captured the lively upbeat reggae/ska sound with an added spice of rock. Visit http://www.sordidseeds.com or http://www.myspace.com/bradjamesonmusic for more information and music.

Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide - South Side on the Town


Two Shoes in Mary's Basement - Released July 2010



Jameson and the Sordid Seeds is a bumpin’ original reggae rock and blues rock band based out of Northwest Montana. The band formed in late 2009 and has gained national recognition quickly, becoming one of Relix magazine’s 2010 artists on the rise. In 2011, the Sordid Seeds spent a majority of the year playing shows throughout the nation in support of their debut album “Two Shoes in Mary’s Basement”, developing a strong reputation for putting on an amazing show and not holding anything back on stage.

Often described as a cross between the Black Keys and Sublime with a hint of Dave Matthews, Jameson and the Sordid Seeds blends heavy blues guitar with reggae-rock beats and strong hooks that you’ll be singing when you wake up the morning after. The title of the band’s single “I Got Soul” fits perfectly as you can hear the passion in the vocals of frontman Brent Jameson throughout the album. The band left a great buzz across the country from their 2011 tour and are now in the process of recording their second album. They have spent the last several months in the studio and are expecting their highly aniticipated album to be released in late June. Be on the lookout for dates throughout the nation later this summer. They have a great live energy, making for a great show you won’t want to miss. When you see the band live, it is evident these kids love playing music, creating an energy that translates very well into the crowd.

The band has played such venues as:

Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, NV
Palms Casino – Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
The Hut – Tucson, AZ
The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Quixote’s True Blue – Denver, CO
Canal St. Tavern – Dayton, OH
The Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
First Down & Stassney – Austin, TX
The Top Hat – Missoula, MT
The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT

The beauty of Jameson and the Sordid Seeds is that their music reaches people of all ages. On one end of the spectrum, the band recently played an all ages venue in Clarksville, TN on their summer tour. The venue was packed to the brim with sixteen to twenty year olds who didn’t want the music to stop. On the other end of the spectrum, the band had met a woman in her late fifties who travelled all of the way from Austin, TX to the northwest corner of Montana just to see the band play for her first time. She had purchased the band’s album while travelling through the band’s hometown earlier in the year and fell in love with it enough to travel all the way back to see the band perform. A lot of Jameson and the Sordid Seeds’ success can be credited to the fact they reach so many different types of people.

You can check out more at www.sordidseeds.com and can contact the band at seedssordid@hotmail.com.