Artist: Jonny Meyers & The Trio
Title Of Album: Somewhere You've Been
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Self Produced
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 42:31
Total Size: 103 Mb
1. Forty Pieces (3:48)
2. Baby I'm Tired (2:26)
3. Home (3:32)
4. Satisfaction Guaranteed (4:09)
5. Five Minutes On A Train (3:35)
6. Roosevelt Island (2:20)
7. I Ain't Lying (3:35)
8. Watching Me (2:43)
9. Somewhere You've Been (2:54)
10. I Won't Be Late (2:21)
11. Under (3:52)
12. Bad Mama (3:39)
13. Wild & Free (3:30)
[quote]I met Jonny 15 years ago in Austin at the Flamingo Cantina club, when I first saw him playing in the traditional-ska/rocksteady band The Stingers. While it's true that there are thousands of bands in Austin, it's also rare to stumble upon one that speaks with an authentic voice - which made my first impression of The Stingers that much more memorable. Here was a band whose songwriting and energy on stage was a direct throwback to the pioneers of soul, ska, doo-wop, and reggae, yet maintained a style and spirit of its own. Soon after, I was lucky enough to join the band as their trombonist, and I learned that at the heart of all that was their principal songwriter, Jonny Meyers.
And what can I say about Jonny's songwriting– I'm one of his biggest fans, but it's hard to put a finger on what makes his songs, to me, so consistently genuine - even charming. Perhaps it's because his lyrics honor the listener - whether it's through a story, a blues refrain, or a reflection on love lost or won, he's sentimental, thoughtful, and direct, but never heavy-handed with his message. Jonny's words never tell the listener how to think - instead, he allows the listener the dignity of seeing themselves in a lyric in their own way, through their own personal filter, while somehow sharing the experience with him. Likewise, the transparency of these song styles - soul, Americana, ska, blues - give a directness and immediacy to the message. In his songs, Jonny has nothing to hide, but as a listener, you always feel like a welcome and invited guest.
It's been an honor to be associated with Jonny all these years, and while he's greatly missed in Austin, he's back home in NYC, embraced by a community of fiercely dedicated musicians and collaborators who share a reverence for the lineage of the music they write and perform. This record is a fitting testament to that camaraderie and dedication.
- Wayne Myers