Jarrod Dickenson Releases Ready The Horses, plus interview with UnHinged!

Known for his soulful vocals and ability to blend a variety of instruments and influences into one signature sound, Jarrod Dickenson’s songs are both compelling and catchy. Today, Dickenson is proud to share his anticipated new album Ready The Horses, released via Hooked Records. Self-produced in a studio on the southeast coast of England, Ready The Horses was recorded live, straight to 2” tape. The album has been spotlighted and critically acclaimed by a multitude of outlets, including PopMatters, who said, “Jarrod Dickenson's rootsy, broad-ranged Americana draws deeply from tradition while forging all-new sounds,” and BlogCritics, who praised the album saying, “Ready the Horses is a gem of a record, one you may find yourself playing from start to finish, uninterrupted – the ultimate compliment for any artist’s work.” Other critics emphasized Dickenson’s adept writing style, like American Songwriter, who said, “The Nashville-by-way-of-Waco songwriter knows how to craft a tune that leads listeners in with a jovial and warm community attitude but also leaves room for just a drop of mystery.” Ready The Horses is available today, click here to purchase or stream.

Inspired by the legendary music of Stax and Muscle Shoals in the ‘60s, Ready the Horses is layered with slide guitar, Hammond organ swells, punchy horns, and infectious melodies. Soul-soaked singles “Take It From Me” and “Way Past Midnight” are a great example of this, the latter of which Dickenson explains, “This was one of those magical moments in the studio where everything just came together. It’s equal parts gospel and grease. It’s about late nights in seedy dive bars. The possibilities, the thrill, the chase… and the comedic reality of how those nights tend to end up. Ready The Horses further proves itself to be a truly dynamic record with softer singles like “A Cowboy & The Moon”, premiered by The Bluegrass Situation, and the intimate “Your Heart Belongs To Me”, which PopMatters dubbed, “...a subtly sweet duet,” with wife Claire Dickenson.

Lyrically, the ten songs on Ready The Horses illustrate Dickenson's honed writing skills and solidify his place as a charismatic songwriter with Texas roots. Glide Magazine said, “Dickenson shows himself to be quite the songwriter. He draws from a variety of influences and brings them altogether in a way that is enjoyable and easy to listen to, whether he’s singing a downtempo song or one that makes you feel like you’ve been taken to church.” Take “Gold Rush”—a rowdy tune that draws parallels between the greed in 1800s California and today’s Wall Street—a lyrical backstory that feels more timely than ever, albeit written years ago. Sounds Like Nashvillepinned the song as, “a shadowy reminder that the get-rich-at-any-cost mindset is still very much alive—even in a crisis.” 

“I wanted this record to sound bigger, be more energetic, get down and dirty in places and stay tender and vulnerable in others,” Dickenson explains, “More than anything, I simply want people to hear it. We put a lot of love into this album. It's honest. It's real. There was no studio trickery. No bullshit. What you hear on the record is what went down in the room. It's a bunch of friends crowding into the same room, making music together, live.”

All things Jarrod Dickenson can be found at https://jarroddickenson.com/.

More About Jarrod Dickenson:

Waco bred and Nashville-based, Dickenson has gained a fiercely loyal fanbase with his relentless road-warrior mentality. He’s toured with legends like Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean, and The Waterboys, and has performed at a multitude of international venues and notable festivals, including Glastonbury, Black Deer, and Cambridge Folk Festival. His music has been praised by critics at Uncut Magazine, BBC Radio, Acoustic Magazine, Country Music People, and Q Magazine, who commented, “His songs carry an independent spirit and grit... a hard-bitten, yet romantic eye that seems bred into Lone Star Songwriters.” No Depression compared his voice to “young Tom Waits,” adding, “Jarrod Dickenson's songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for.” Dickenson’s new full-length album Ready The Horses is out today, May 22, 2020.


1. “Way Past Midnight” was just released, what has been the response been so far?

The response so far has been great! People seem to be really digging the song, and getting a kick out of the animated video. We've gotten a lot of comments and messages across the various social media platforms from people saying that they can't sit still while listening to the song, which is exactly what we want to hear. 2. What genre of music do you consider yourself? Ah, the age old question! Well, these days I suppose I fall under the vast umbrella that is 'Americana', though all that really means is I can be whatever I want to be on any given song. Sometimes I'm a folk singer, sometimes it's a bluesy thing, sometimes it's soul, and so on. There's a great interview with Levon Helm from "The Last Waltz" where Scorsese asks him what you call it when all these genres like Blues, Country, Bluegrass, etc. get mixed together, and without missing a beat Levon says with a smile, "Rock and Roll." For whatever reason we've stopped calling that music "Rock and Roll," and it's currently being given the tag of "Americana." Whatever you want to call it, my music is a mixture of many things, and I let the story and feel of the song determine where I take the arrangement. 3. How have you been coping with shows being postponed and cancelled due to the Coronavirus? It's been an adjustment for sure. We, like every other artist, have had all of our shows for two and a half months get cancelled or postponed, and shows in June and July are still very much up in the air as well. Financially it's certainly a bit scary, as we rely on a pretty relentless touring schedule to simply get by. With all of the "non-essential" businesses closing for the time being, we've also lost the various side-hustles we've done in the past when not on the road. So it's tricky, but virtually every other touring musician is in the same boat, as are so many people and businesses outside of the music industry. There aren't many who haven't been impacted by this. We're trying our best to stay positive and be productive during this time. We are doing weekly live-streamed shows on Facebook and Instagram on Thursdays; partially to help replace lost income, but also because we simply miss playing shows. I've also been working on making demos of new songs for the next record, as well as some writing. So we are doing what we can to keep busy and stay positive. 4. I saw one of your posts on Facebook… So you are a single malt whisky fan. If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what would you be doing?

You caught me! I am indeed an ardent whisky (and whiskey) fan. I honestly don't know what I would be doing if I weren't making music, but I can promise you that my search for and subsequent enjoyment of fine whiskies would still be taking place, regardless of my job title. 5. Favorite things to do when you’re not touring or gigging?

See numbers 4 and 6! 6. What is the most useless talent that you have?

My most useless talent is a vast knowledge of Cheers trivia! Cheers is by far and away my favorite TV sitcom, and I've seen every episode of all 11 seasons an embarrassing number of times. It's sort of an obsession of mine!

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