Sometimes you hear a voice that sounds larger than life. How do they do that? Go from gravel to smooth in one breath, almost dredging your soul through your ears. You mix that kind of vocal energy with lyrical imagery both dark and pure and you have one hell of a sound. That’s what you get when you listen to Jason Webb and his band, Apache Trails.
Apache trails, based in the Delmarva region, tends to be a rotating cast of some of the best musicians in the area all gathered around to support Jason’s blues and folk driven songs. Their debut album “Apache Trails” features 17 different musicians. But these were not strangers. 17 people that loved each others music as much as Jason’s. A community.
“My daddy was a brakeman. Never paid no mind to the rain and the thunder. He just smiled and said listen to them angels bowl.” Aren’t dads the best?
The opener on this album, “Howl Train Howl”, is a mid tempo swing stomper written about Jason’s father. A real life brakeman. “My daddy was a brakeman. Never paid no mind to the rain and the thunder. He just smiled and said listen to them angels bowl.” Aren’t dads the best?
My favorite song on this album is track 2, “Cricket In A Music Box”. It’s about a cricket that escapes the confines of a magnificent music box to find what else could be out there. If only in his mind. “Wind me up, don’t you let me down. Keep rubbing those wings while the wheels go around. Pins pluck the combs, my feet brush the ground. Swing me slow in that wedding day gown”. It’s Beautiful.
“I’ve got a bottle of this feeling, rock with the mountain healing”. The campfire feel with the mandolin under the lyrics… It’s real and honest and practically perfect.
Let’s take a listen to how they sound live. Here’s “Rain Or Shine” from their album “The Flash Sessions”, recorded in Kennet Square, PA. I love this song because it’s tight and loose at the same time and it also sounds like something I would write. So I may be biased. “I’ve got a bottle of this feeling, rock with the mountain healing”. The campfire feel with the mandolin under the lyrics… It’s real and honest and practically perfect.
Another tune from this album that I really enjoy is “Nightshade”, track 5. It paints a haunting picture of a rowdy dirty bar owned by a son of a witch. “Down at the Nightshade the air’s thicker than the mud”. It makes me feel like I’m right there drinking next to Tom Waits and Maurice from 1989’s “Little Monsters”.
I hope you enjoy these tunes as much as I do. Til next time.