Jeremy Current
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Jeremy Current

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"CD REVIEW: Jeremy Current's Dark Land of the Sun"

THE DEAL: Charlotte singer-songwriter releases full-length album, follow-up to House on Fire EP.
THE GOOD: Falling on that folk/alt-country line, Jeremy Current opens his 10-song album with "FYEO," a heartfelt tune with his soothing vocals front and center. The music is presented as something simple with hints of pedal steel behind him, his storytelling focused in the spotlight. While the instruments sound sparse, listen closely and you can peel back the layers. "Go Up North" offers the right hint of harmony by Molly Skaggs, while his voice also finds the right accompaniment on "Angel." He mines an Appalachian vibe for "Will You Be" thanks to the help of banjo player and fellow Charlotte resident Bailey Cooke. It's not all acoustic either, as the electric guitar illuminates the way on a few songs without being overpowering. The way it floats in on standout track "My Name" offers the right energy — hints of punk ethic for a solo before the song picks up and carries the listener away. There's a '50s element to the kickdrum backdrop of "Little Moon" stirred in with a more soulful vocal delivery.
THE BAD: There are moments when Current truly shines because of the rhythm of the music or the harmonies presented and, at times, I wished they happened more often.
THE VERDICT: Current has solid songwriting and lyrical content and the perfect voice for its delivery. The music isn't too complex, but there are enough elements to give it depth and highlight the words in the right atmosphere. It's an album that starts off on solid footing, but still manages to get better with each track and each listen. - Creative Loafing


"Jeremy Current"

Saw this boy called Jeremy Current. A nice looking young band with a velvet voice and good songwriting ability and a tight band. I say be on the lookout for this fellow. He could actually make it in the music "industry." - http://gigsandgrooves.blogspot.com


"New Jeremy Current CD (House On Fire) released in style"

October 8th, 2009 - Jeremy Current released his first EP, titled House On Fire. In celebration Jeremy threw a little party at the Neighborhood Theatre with a few of his friends. A great night of music with some special guests on the stage!

Accompanied by some of the talented members of the group Songs Of Water, as well as Eric Scott Guthrie on harmonica, along with Jeremy's usual talented musicians, Jeremy performed the songs from his EP with the expected emotions that come at the conslusion of a long a trying process of CD creation and production. And we who were present were the beneficiaries of this emotional delivery of these new tunes which are now a part of the personal collection of the folks who made it to the show.

Mark Mathis, of Rock Hill, SC, opened the festivities with a few nicely done folk rock ballads.

To drive home the fact that this is a celebration, Jeremy invited core rockers Flagship to help with opening the CD release celebration. A local Charlotte band, Flagship have been working in ernest over the past couple of years honing their sound and building a following for their music. Totally talented at every position, this team is truly coming together and sounding better than they ever have. Real progress resulting from hard work.

Flagship is made up of Drake Margolnick - lead vox and guitar; Austin Forbes - bass guitar, backing vox; Logan Fincher - lead guitar; Jonathan Hussey - drums; Alexander Watson - keys, drums, backing vox. Each of these guys are talented musicians. Together they transcend their individuality and produce a crisp hard driving rock-n-roll.

It was clear from start to finish that Jeremey was extremely proud of the CD release being celebrated. He was quick to point out that if we forgot the set list, it was clearly printed on the CD in the back of the room! With a broad smile on his face throughout the evening Jeremy and his friends performed each of the tunes on the CD and a couple of extras as well.

House On Fire represents an accomplishment rooted in a love of music, a college education in music and a deep desire to successfully make a living in the pursuit of making music - Jeremy is off to a great start!

Keepin' it live..

Monty - Monty Chandler


"Jeremy Current – House on Fire EP"

In order to best communicate my thoughts about Jeremy Current’s debut EP, I’ll need to flash you back to the fall of 2005. My wife and I had been married for about a year. We had recently traveled from North Carolina to Kentucky and Tennessee to be with her family as they laid her grandfather to rest. Given that April’s dad had died when she was only ten, her gramps was more of a father figure than just a grandparent.

It was an emotional time and one that was amplified when we watched Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown. Now I know that this movie didn’t connect with everyone, but it sure did with us. The loss of a family member, a trip to reconnect with relatives back home, the long distance development of a romantic relationship, the setting in a quiet Kentucky town…it all hit home and now Elizabethtown is one of our favorites.

So why all this talk about personal history and a film that some considered a flop? Well, along with our connection to that movie, we absolutely love the soundtrack that accompanied it. It’s a fantastic mix of folk and Americana tunes from artists like Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Nancy Williams, Patty Griffin and Eastmountainsouth.

It has become a staple of our road trips and as soon as I heard House on Fire, Current’s music immediately felt right at home alongside such artists. This is the highest praise that I can give this EP, as it is somehow instantly as evocative as those that we’ve come to know and love over the past four years. These five songs resonate with my soul in a similar fashion and that’s an impressive feat.

More than just a collection of songs, House on Fire traverses an entire range of emotions, from homesickness to the double-edged sword of love lost and found. There’s a world-weariness here that’s coupled with a quiet determination to keep pressing on. Musically, there’s beautiful instrumentation at work, with each piece of the puzzle subtlety complementing the next. Current’s voice hovers just above it all, somehow urgent, yet assured, all at once.

If anything, the EP left me wanting more from Current and his band. I suppose that’s a good problem to have when you release new music…so hopefully it won’t be too long before they have more goodness to share.

Grade: A-/3.85

By Jeremy Hunt
- shakefire.com


Discography

House On Fire EP - Released Oct 8, 2009
Dark Land of the Sun - Released April 22, 2011

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Jeremy Current's debut EP, House on Fire, was self-produced and independently released on October 8, 2009, featuring performances from Devin Forbes of Paper Tongues (A&M/Octone Records), Luke Skaggs of Songs of Water, jazz pianist Chad Lawson, and many others.

Current lives in Brooklyn, NY and plays regularly in New York City as well as up and down the east coast. His band reflects the moments in history where country and rock music have intermingled. Neil Young, The Band, and Bob Dylan can be found in the textures of his 2009 EP as well as his first full length studio album, Dark Land of the Sun.

Dark Land of the Sun was recorded in Winter 2011 at Skaggs Place Studios in Hendersonville, TN. It was co-produced with Luke Skaggs with performances by Ricky Skaggs and The Whites and was independently released in April 2011. Current has been touring in support of this album and recently launched a podcast for fans to keep up with his music between album releases.

Notable Venues:
Sundance Film Festival
Neighborhood Theatre- Charlotte, NC
The Evening Muse- Charlotte, NC
The Living Room- NYC
Rockwood Music Hall- NYC
Hill Country- NYC
The Music Farm- Charleston, SC
The Pourhouse- Charleston, SC
Cat's Cradle- Carrboro, NC
Smith's Ole Bar- Atlanta, GA
Berkeley Cafe- Raleigh, NC
Flicker Theatre- Athens, GA
The Basement- Nashville, TN
The Fire- Philadelphia, PA
Natasha's Bistro - Lexington, KY