The country-folk singer-songwriter AUSTIN JENCKES was born and raised outside of Seattle in the small town of Duvall, Washington but relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2012 and now calls Music City his home.
Jenckes is celebrated for his cathartic, moving vocals and his instinctive lyrical/melodic faculty. The language he uses is uncomplicated yet compelling; with his numbers written from a real-world viewpoint with moral values shining through.
In December, Austin Jenckes was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award in Country and Rolling Stone Country have listed Austin Jenckes as an ‘Artist You Need To Know.’
His wonderful single “Same Beer Different Day” released August, 2017 was a taste from the forthcoming album “If You Grew up Like I Did” — due 31 May 2019 via Ole Red Dot.
We thought that his highly personalized “Fat Kid” [Ft. Lori McKenna — written by McKenna with co-writers Neil Mason of Cadillac Three and the late Andrew Dorff] — was an “unadorned, uncomplicated psalm of self-reference… perhaps of understanding the misunderstandings that lie beneath [all] ours fears and consequences...”
“If You Grew up Like I Did” begins with the heart-rending and impassioned “We Made It” that is a memory-bank of golden moments, a tale of winning against odds and sublime sundowns spent with loved friends. The aura of guitar on this is eloquent and adds sentiment to the dust-wind vocals.
“Never Forget” has a beautiful melodic lick, performed with the same scope and expressive efficiency as Wayne Perkins. The lucid vocal has buoyancy and rhythm, even though the subtext might be about heartbreak and forgiveness.
The emotional track “If You’d Been Around” is humble and moving with an impeccable singing voice (here, Austin reminds us of the young Glen Campbell) — there is sincerity and soul-searching release in every stanza.
The album is bumper-packed with country nostalgia and sweet reminiscences — but it’s never indulgent, nor overly saccharine-sweet. In fact, the songs given here are big-hearted and liberating callings… just right for a case-hardened generation.
Austin Jenckes will bring his music to the UK in 2019. First, via Nashville Meets London. Launched in March 2018, Nashville Meets London presents a residency that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month at the Pizza Express Live at 99 High Holborn, London: one of city’s newest live music venues. Austin will play there on 29 May. He will also play the Long Road Festival in Lutterworth, England on September 8th and other UK dates.
Words: @neilmach 2019 ©