After Texas country artist, Jarrod Johnson, tipped me off about Steven James and the Jaded quite some time ago, I understood what he meant about them deserving more attention. I remember driving down 495 heading home and pulled their music up and the first song I heard was their big hit, Texas Girls and that’s all I needed. Their blend of sounds is honestly pretty different than what you’ll find in a lot of country music. Some coastal rock mixed with classic rock and roll - sprinkled with some warm guitar twang. And that’s a darn good thing as it has helped Steven and the Jaded work to separate themselves from the run-of-the-mill Texas country band. We best remember those that take chances and create their own sound and Steven and the boys are well on their way with their latest single, Wildflower Lane.
The rhythmic thumping of the bass drum leads off this slower tune about missing home while out on the road. It’s the feeling of being out on the open road feeling detached from the moment because your missing your loved one at home. Imagine being up on the stage, singing to a crowd every night and then once the show is over, your mind can’t help but drift back toward home. The momentary distraction fades away, giving way to those pangs of being somewhere else.
While I’m a fan of Steven’s typical upbeat rockier songs on his past albums, Wildflower Lane is certainly refreshing and sonically catchy. One of the comments I have seen the band say is that they want to prove they are here to stay. They’ve had success with Dance With Me Tonight, Texas Girls and Weak in the Knees, but they are here to show that they aren’t a one hit wonder or fluke. Seeing how hard they work on social media to stay up with their fans and performing, I have faith they will continue to grow.
These early years as a band are some of the toughest with how saturated the music scene is. But, I can’t help but come back to how different their sound is - something that will continue to help carve out their own piece of the market.
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