The Jack Kerowax is a pop-influenced Americana band. The group is fronted by Johnny Beauford and several other musicians from other Dallas-Fort Worth bands. Kerowax, released on November 25th, is a 10-track album that was recorded solely on analog equipment. Beauford, who also fronts the rock group, Bravo, Max!, says the band is influenced by a range of music, from classic country to Lou Reed.
The album’s sound is very straightforward and honest. Kerowax is a tribute to the band’s hometown, it sounds like Texas with a splash of pop. The album’s lead single, “Ten Year War,” is a love song that mixes thick harmonies and guitar arpeggios. “It touches on falling in love with a country or religion or person or obsession that may very well turn its back on you,” says Beauford, who sings the tune in a warm, wounded baritone. “Moonshine Barber” finds enough room for harmonica and saloon-style piano, which draws the connection of the Dallas music scene today to the western-leaning sounds of the previous century.
Although Beauford mainly writes songs with dark undertones, there are good times and it is just as easy to be “inspired by joy as easily as depression or anger.” Overall, if you are looking for a pop infused Americana album, then this is the album for you. Kerowax sounds just like Texas.
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Review by Brittaney Penney
Photography by Alexis Solomon
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