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Ja­son Eady ★★★★

Thirty Tigers Ja­son Eady, a re­cent vis­i­tor to Ire­land – he played a few gigs in the west with his wife, the singer Court­ney Pat­ton – is no overnight suc­cess, but his sixth al­bum has the fine-grained as­sur­ance of some­one who knows what they’re about. That it is self-ti­tled is fur­ther ev­i­dence that this Tex­as­based singer-song­writer is at ease with his world and his work. And he should be. His part­ner­ship with the Amer­i­cana pro­ducer Kevin Welch leads him away from Nashville’s pop ten­dency to­wards the Texan sto­ry­telling tra­di­tion of the likes of Guy Clark. So th­ese 10 songs are framed in down-home ar­range­ments, Eady’s soft twang earnest but not over­bear­ing. The songs are also strong, among them the con­fes­sional 40 Years, the re­flec­tive Not Too Loud (about his daugh­ter), the vivid Barab­bas and No Ge­nie in This Bot­tle, and the ir­re­sistible, soft-rock­ing

Wait­ing to Shine. ja­soneady.com

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