The Call Me Your Man – EP is out today. You can download the 5 song EP on iTunes, Amazon, emusic, Rhapsody, Rdio, MOG, Bandcamp (high quality downloads) and all the top digital retailers. You can stream the entire EP below.
Featured review by Benjamin Popper (Rolling Stone, Vice, Men’s Vogue, the Daily Beast, New York Observer, and The Memphis Flyer.)
“The hard driving drums that open Jump Back Jake’s new EP, Call Me Your Man, don’t try to do too much. When the rest of the band jumps in a few bars later, the contours of a small recording studio emerge from the sound. It’s tight, focused, full of momentum. Jump Back starts singing, but the cadence is more relaxed then his older material. I think immediately of Kris Kristofferson when he gets to that line, “I’m sleeping in the next room doll / And all my shirts smell like you”. It’s understatement with an undercurrent, simmering on top of some rock and roll.
Where have all the horns gone? I remember Jake proudly rounding up aging Memphis brass, dragging them out of their retirement kicking and screaming, charming them with grand marnier and an unabashed love for the obscure records they played on decades ago. But the well curated soul sound that powered his first record, Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle, is over. And frankly I don’t miss it.
That Jake can still be found. The murderous metal riffs on Rose Colored Coffin (track 4) fall right into “I got a Loooovveee,” sung with the tone and melisma of a juke joint regular. But instead of trying to produce a modern soul record, Jump Back is putting those tools to work on compositions that defy easy categorization. There is something of Tom Waits in this track, a spooky gypsy, collecting the odds and ends of American music and stitching them up into an ill fitting suit that scares the women as much as it turns them on.” (continue reading at The Vinyl District…)
There were meteor showers all week – slow burning blue flames in between flashes of heat lightning in the sky above highway 61 between Clarksdale and Memphis. Robert ‘Wolfman” Belfour was playing at Red’s on the corner of Sunflower and MLK. It was a a Wednesday night house party and it was like 2009 and 1959 were the same year.
Then it was a new year and I stayed up late in a guest house on Belvedere writing a new song called ‘King of Romance.’ Now it is our new single. It’s free. Share it with each other. XOXO JBJ
Last night Drake invited me onstage during his set for a guitar duel with his guitar player. I was honored to say the least. Having an amazing time on this tour. Also, the new Francis and the Lights full length, “It’ll Be Better” is now available on iTunes or stream it at itllbebetter.com.