Some of you folks out in West Texas may recognize Jerry Serrano as the host of Monday night singer/songwriter night at the Bluelight Live. Lubbock, Texas has been gaining a reputation in producing some of the finest artists that the Texas scene has to offer. What better way to begin one’s musical career than to step up to the plate with an open mic night? Here in New England, some may not understand just how important the music scene is in Texas. It’s a way of life in Texas and Oklahoma. Where sub-par cover bands make the rounds to places like Toby Keith’s Bar and Grille in Foxboro, MA, incredible country artists are the norm in the Lonestar state. It’s a culture that you have to see to believe and Jerry Serrano’s music is something we can add to that list.
Jerry Serrano is known for his ability to take the helm of multiple instruments and play on other artists’ works, but there’s nothing quite like being your own boss. I think deep down, most people want to be the captain of their own ship and take a stab at their own endeavor. For a musician, that typically means forming their own band and heading out on the road.
Back in September, Serrano released his 13 track album titled, The Moon which features a range of styles that mesh together well to form a complete piece. It’s not a honky-tonk album nor is it Americana, but rather Serrano’s internal exploration of songwriting. It’s his literal and metaphorical picking up of his pen to share stories or experiences. The creative ideas that Serrano possessed during this project have an opportunity to shine through, sometimes taking multiple listens to experience exactly what he did. The Moon is not a one and done album, it’s one you keep coming back to in order to fully enjoy and appreciate the ride.
You’ll be treated to upbeat country driving tunes such as Drive, which has emerged as one of my favorites of Serrano’s work. Focusing around confessing his flaws, it exposes his vulnerability to listeners with how his life isn’t perfect. There are plenty of mistakes he has made along the way, and truthfully, it’s a part of learning and growing up. In View is another upbeat track that has a contemporary rock element to it that I found an interesting twist, especially with the guitar in between verses. I couldn’t help but draw similarities to Coldplay with Ember towards the end of the album. It features heavier hits of the electric guitar and increased amounts of word stress on some lines. We also can’t forget about the accordion action throughout the love song, The Moon. I can picture Serrano singing this one from a balcony to that special lady on a picture perfect Texas night… or maybe somewhere in Italy?
With one listen on this collective offering, you will undoubtedly understand what I mean about the experience. The Moon is a solid debut offering from Jerry Serrano that will grow on you, and continue to do so long after you initially take it for a ride. It’s a hard album to classify because it doesn’t lie loyal to just one genre or style, but there’s a lot to like here that demands a listen. My fascination with this album is how Serrano is able to pull from various styles of music and put it all together in a way that doesn’t feel like a hodge-podge of sounds. It’s a songwriter’s album and it’s one that Jerry Serrano should be proud of playing live each night.
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