Mississippi-bred and Texas-based singer and guitarist Jason Eady has a catalog that runs from blues-infused Americana to a bare-bones re-imagining of classic country, and a talent for writing songs that earn him comparisons to Dwight Yoakam, Jon Pardi, Joe Ely and Willie Nelson.
Eady released his seventh full-length album, “I Travel On,” earlier this month and will play an album release show at The Palms Playhouse at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $20.
In another departure from his previous work (including 2014’s critically-lauded “Daylight & Dark” and 2012’s “AM Country Heaven,” which debuted in the top 40 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart), Eady wrote most of “I Travel On” in a month-long burst of creativity.
“Normally I take my pick of the songs I’ve come up with since the last album, but this time I was writing specifically for this record,” he said. “And because the album’s so groove-centered, I focused on the way words rolled off the tongue and how they moved with the music. If something felt good to sing, I just let it be instead of going back and editing myself like I might’ve done in the past.”
This is the first album Eady has recorded with his road band – a lineup whose rhythm section is made up of musicians from an R&B/roots background, and whose lead players hail from the bluegrass world. With Grammy-nominated duo Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley joining them in the studio, “I Travel On” captures the energy and kinetic camaraderie the band brings to shows and won them attention while sharing stages with the likes of Sturgill Simpson.