I spend much of my time listening, filming and writing about Texas and Red Dirt country artists. Every so often I will come across a band that is outside that region and is worth discussing. Kentucky is home to a duo that I really enjoy, Sundy Best, who has that stripped down folk/mountain music style that is irresistibly good. It is also called home for a talented duo, Jericho Woods, that find themselves on the rise and gaining attention. Originally brought on my radar by outlaw (and soon to-be-featured) Dallas Moore through a social media post, I recognized their traditional yet modern blend of country and Americana music. It's a sound that fans of both styles will likely enjoy and appreciate their dedication to keeping it real without all the mainstream pollution.
First impressions of Jericho Woods for me were quite positive and I understood right away why Moore had taken the time to post about them. See, I'm of the mindset of good music is good music – no matter the origin. I just happen to prefer Texas' melting pot of country music, but a band like Jericho Woods is just as good as many of the acts down there. There is an emphasis on fiddle throughout much of this self titled EP which gets the nod from me. Contrary to what many seem to think, there are millions and millions of country fans that actually WANT to hear traditional country instruments in their music. Take a look at Midland who is doing well on the Billboard radio charts. There has been debate over their authenticity by outlets such as SavingCountryMusic.com, but even he agrees, it's solid country music. Jericho Woods has kept their feet planted firmly in their quest to make good country music.
This self titled EP is a lively mix of six tracks that is easy on the ear and features some nice harmonies between Josh Mitcham and Paul Priest. Jory Hutchens keeps things lively with all fiddle work throughout the EP. The mid-tempo tune Fool For You has become one of my favorites of the band as it is pretty fiddle heavy with the guitar backing it up. This is a love song where he is telling her how much he has fallen her and is asking if she feels the same way. It's not some ground breaking poetic love song, but it certainly possess a light feel without sounding like every song on mainstream radio.
Love the Way You Love Me would fit right on the Texas radio stations with it's varied styles throughout the song. They go seamlessly from all the fiddle and country twang into an almost reggae style briefly before jumping back into it. Once in a while unexpected style changes like that keep the listener on their toes and help to keep the music fresh.
If you're looking a fun upbeat summer song that isn't full of tight skinny jeans and rap beats that would make Kayne West jealous, look no further than Better Now. You'll be dancing along to this one in no time without feeling like you're in a night club. This song is a strong example of their overall style and outlook on country music. A good comparison to their style is more twangy Love and Theft type band after hearing this song.
I will be keeping Jericho Wood on my radar as country music radio fights to stay relevant. With much of my generation focusing on streaming, I have a feeling bands like this will start trickle in to the airwaves as others have predicted.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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