by Brittany Rotondo
Glorious Amazing Mistakes, the sophomore album from local band, The Jackson Rider, is a soul reaching jungle of genres. A mapped out continent of the musical spectrum.
“We took that title from a Neil Gaiman speech. It resonated with all of us and what we went through during the recording of this album,” says front man and lead singer, Jeff Selby. “If you ain’t making mistakes, you ain’t tryin’.”
And this is one beautiful accident that most will gladly keep in constant rotation. The funk/folk fable is a nine-track piece of art that took only six months to record at Red Tree Studios in Atco, New Jersey. The studio is owned by Wayne Shannon, the producer and engineer behind Glorious Amazing Mistakes and guitar player for Devise, another local band to keep an eye out for. Backed by rhythm section twin brothers, Brett and Bart Riley, and Rob Kimmel on keys, the band delves into opening track, “Apples”. Acoustic strings give way to kick drum danger that drops off into a world of instrumental ecstasy.
“When I brought “Apples” to the table”, says Selby, “it was a very roots folk sound. After working it out with the guys, it became something entirely different. When it comes to creating that feel or groove of a song, I’m really lucky to have the band.”
As well as hitting the local circuit, Jackson Rider has traveled to New York, Delaware, Vermont and Maryland. And it doesn’t stop there. The fellas plan on journeying on a Southern tour across the Carolinas, Virginia and even Nashville to “spread the love.”
Next up on TJR’s schedule is April 14th’s Veteran Fest at The Legendary Dobbs with scene stoppers such as Soraia, The Better Half and Parachuting Apostles. In the meantime though, be sure to check out TheJacksonRider.com for full track listings from Glorious Amazing Mistakes.
With new tunes already written and tours already placed, The Jackson Rider are ready for “whatever it takes to make it through the night.”
And we will stand by you.