Jeremy Dion is back with another stunning record to put on your radar this morning. The artist who has recently revealed two successful singles “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Golden Someday,” the record is a beautifully crafted release that shows the very essence of the singer-songwriter. Combining a unique mix of Bluegrass, Folk, and Rock n’ Roll, Dion’s unique “Mile High Americana” style has the sound of hope and heartbreak, a loving distillation of the experiences we’ve all known at one time or another.

With sounds of Art Garfunkel and inspiration from Paul Simon, Jerry Garcia, John Denver and David Gray, he gives us a stunning release, one that shows his talents on guitar. He says “music is a chance to tell stories of pain and beauty…I want my songs to make people feel something unexpected.”

Focus track “Golden Some Day” is a slow folk and country song about his optimism on the future. He sings about how just because things are hard right now, doesn’t mean that the future is bleak, in fact, the future is unknown and things are constantly changing. The feelings we have in the moment won’t last forever. His melody may be slow, but that doesn’t stop you from feeling the music. He’s still able to give you the rawness and passion of his experience during his divorce, while also allowing the listener to enjoy the song.

“This song was originally written for my 2012 release by the same name,” shares Jeremy. “I was going through my divorce at the time, and sorting through the realities of that. My producer at the time, Jamie Mefford (Gregory Alan Isakov) noticed how busy my picking hand usually is when I play, and he gave me the assignment to write a song where I only strummed with my thumb. At first I thought that sounded like a terrible idea, and I had visions of something boring like Kumbaya. But once this song came through as a result, it quickly became a favorite both for me, my producer, and other session players on the album. It’s a sad, heartbreaking song, which are usually my favorites, but it’s ultimately optimistic as the title suggests. There are a few references to our daughter in the song as well “hear those feet dance across the floor,” and my favorite line is “the knot we tied won’t come undone, you just smiled and said ‘there’s only one'”

In “Blowin’ Smoke” you can hear the distinct sounds of American Folk and Bluegrass roots in Dion’s music; mixed with some Rock n’ Roll, lyrics of love lost and found, and folk guitar.

The record is his first album to have two musicians – Dion himself and his long-tme musical friend, Peter Sharpe. “This album was also different in that we tracked everything live, and did very little editing and overdubbing, doing our best to capture the authentic, raw, acoustic sound of us playing songs together in the living room” Dion states about the album. Dion believes that this work is his best work yet and captures where he is in life perfectly. It is able to show the twenty years of friendship and growth between Sharpe and Dion as they went on their journeys through life as therapists and musicians.
Sharpe & Dion is a captivating record. It’s vulnerable and you can hear that when he sings. His personal connection to the songs make the experience even better.
Sharpe & Dion is out via digital outlets today.
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