J.Tex & The Volunteers – Old Ways vs New Days out Jan 30.
See the brand new video “Ship Coming In” from the album
This is the fifth album from one of Denmark’s most interesting and coolest artists, the album takes the listener on a heart felt and charming journey through a ever changing soundscape of violins, bass clarinet, vocals and of course his brilliant guitar and banjo work.
The album focuses on J.Tex’s vast experiences, but at the same time opening up his curiosity to new musical ideas, this is the main theme to ‘Old Ways vs New Days’.
It has taken many trips across the sea to record the album, from his home in Copenhagen to the Heptown family studio in Lund, Sweden. Here J Tex and his fellow musicians The Volunteers recorded the new album, together with the very skillful sound engineer Carl Granberg. Experimenting with new sound ideas and new instrumentation techniques, often creating an almost cinematic sound score.
The final result is ten finely crafted songs, recorded together with guest musician Bebe Risenfors (who played with Tom Waits), and of course the Volunteers, Tue Lund Christensen on bass and Jason Bedard on drums.
J.Tex was born in Detroit and raised in Denmark, he feels quite at home in both in the United States, where he has many musical collaborators, and in Copenhagen, where he lives today.
He is very much part of the Southern Swedish rock’n'roll scene, where a love of music, vintage American cars, old motorcycles, vintage clothing and the shine of well greased hair is very much a way of life.
The best of USA, Denmark and Sweden come together on this, the coolest album release this winter!
”A strange highly original, cleverly constructed and
loose take on the genre.”
- Mike Morrison
”Heptown has a truly impressive feel for roots and
rockabilly music and the know how to pick their band.
J.Tex & The Volunteers is another great Heptown act.”
- Buster Fayte
”At times it’s like Seasick Steve meets Cab Calloway, others it’s more Tom Waits meets
Maurice Chevalier. It’s certainly different, but most importantly, it’s wonderful.”
- Music People
J.Tex: Banjo, Guitar, Violin, Lead Vocal
Tue Lund Christensen: Bass, Vocal
Jason Bedard: Drums, Vocal
- This Old Banjo
- Chocolate Jesus
- As Wide As The Moon
- Treading Water
- This Old Blues
- Night Train
- Ship Coming In
- April Fools Day
- Clear Sky
- Swedish Winter
VIDEO “This Old Banjo” (the first single from the album, released Nov. 2014)