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On Curvy Roads & Shitty Tires (2016)

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Jack Kerowax Set to Release Live EP Tracked While Touring in 2015

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – Jack Kerowax, fronted by singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford, sit comfortably within the realm of Americana with space enough for real Country, Rock n’ Roll & Texas Blues. The band has established a powerful live sound and have been actively performing since early 2012. The seasoned 4-piece is composed of long-time collaborators Johnny Beauford & Garrett Padgett as well as father-son rhythm duo Nathan Adamson & Nash Griggs.

Their self-titled 10-track debut was recorded, mixed, and mastered solely on analog equipment at Adamson’s own Ferralog Studios in Dallas, TX. The Kerowax LP released in late 2014 hit #20 between Lucinda Williams and Ryan Bingham on the Euro-Americana Chart for January 2015. Standout single “Bliss” remained on the “Top Hits” list on DFW public radio 91.7 KXT for 15 straight weeks to start 2015. The album’s second single “Moonshine Barber” made it’s debut on the “No Depression” podcast and the album was officially released on Vinyl soon-there-after.

The band continued to gain attention in several European countries as well as landing solid praise in Texas and numerous other U.S. states as they played 75+ shows in the Southern U.S. throughout 2015.

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“Jack Kerowax serve up killer Americana on stellar debut album”
– JEFFREY SISK, PITTSBURGH IN TUNE

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“Country-pop with complex arrangements and devilishly delicious 100% analog sound”
– MAX ACHATZ, COUNTRY JUKEBOX (MUNICH, GERMANY)

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“Indie-pop, Americana, and ingenious Texas blues”
-REAL ROOTS CAFE, THE NETHERLANDS

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“a master class in moody Americana”

– D MAGAZINE

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“A real success”
– Rootstime Belgium

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The follow up release titled “On Curvy Roads & Shitty Tires” is a collection of live performances that include several previously unreleased songs. The EP was tracked at Evergroove, a solar powered recording studio tucked high in the Rocky Mountains, while the band was touring the Southern half of the U.S. in 2015.

Jack Kerowax will be traveling back through many of the same cities to promote the new live EP, set to be released officially on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

For more info on the band visit: http://www.kerowax.com

Kerowax (2014)

”Kerowax” is the debut album by this pop-influenced Americana band fronted by singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford. The group is composed of musicians from several Dallas/Fort Worth bands. The 10-track album was recorded, mixed, and mastered solely on analog equipment at Ferralog Studios in Dallas, TX.

Jack Kerowax arose out of friendships, collaborations and rehearsals in northeastern Texas. Looking for sidemen to perform on what he intended to be a full-length solo album, Johnny Beauford began playing with local musicians Garrett Padgett (Deadmoon Choir & Bravo, Max!), Nathan Adamson (The Hazardous Dukes) and Chase McMillan (Goodnight Ned). A weekly residency at a Dallas-area cafe gave the guys time to develop out a warm, fuzzed-out blend of Americana arrangements and pop hooks.

“Dallas-Fort Worth bandleader Johnny Beauford wanted to make a solo album, so began casting the net for compadres who would fit. The newly-minted assemblage started playing a weekly gig in Dallas, and the next thing anyone realized was that the Jack Kerowax was a band. Thank goodness for that, too, because the fresh aggregation has an appealingly strange way of roping together influences ranging from Lou Reed to real country, without ever sounding as preposterous as it looks in print” 

– BILL BENTLEY, THE MORTON REPORT

 

During tracking and after completing sessions the band played 50+ shows over an 18 month period, opening for national acts Jessica Lea Mayfield, Bobby Bare Jr., Bobby Patterson, Night Moves, My Jerusalem, The Bunny Gang, Eric McFadden and more. The band took an extended break from live performances in preparation for the albums’ release. Bassist Chase McMillan was later replaced by assistant engineer for the album, Nash Griggs.

“Jack Kerowax serve up killer Americana on stellar debut album”

– JEFFREY SISK, PITTSBURGH IN TUNE

“Country-pop with complex arrangements and devilishly delicious 100% analog sound”

– MAX ACHATZ, COUNTRY JUKEBOX (MUNICH, GERMANY)

“Lyrically, this record is full of condensed short stories. Most of the stuff I write has some pretty dark undertones, and the music in response, usually seems to have some equally dark overtones. However, there are good times — and despite popular opinion, it is possible to be inspired by joy as easily as depression or anger”, says Beauford, a prolific songwriter and occasional solo artist who also fronts the rock group Bravo, Max!

The album’s lead single, “Ten Year War”, mixes thick harmonies, guitar arpeggios and gauzy keyboards into a cautionary love song. “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. Meanwhile, songs like “Huck Finn’s Hideout” and ‘”Fever” crank up the tempo as well as the guitar amps, resulting in a sound that mixes the swagger of blues with the boozy spirit of rock’n’roll. “Moonshine Barber” even finds enough room for harmonica and saloon-style piano, too, drawing a connection between the Dallas music scene of today and the more western-leaning sounds of the previous century.

“Indie-pop, Americana, and ingenious Texas blues” 

-REAL ROOTS CAFE, THE NETHERLANDS

Kerowax hits #20 on Euro Americana Chart for January 2015 (Read more)

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Standout track “Bliss” remains on Top Hits list on DFW public radio 91.7KXT for 15 straight weeks to start 2015.

“Moonshine Barber” makes  debut on “No Depression” Podcast 

(Listen @ No Depression)

Kerowax was produced by Jonathan Jackson & Jack Kerowax.

Tracking and mixing at Ferralog Studios :: Dallas, TX.

-Branding, design, and print production by Belmont Icehouse :: Dallas, TX.

-Mastering by Billy Stull of Legendary Audio :: Corpus Christi, TX.

European Press: PETER HOLMSTEDT :: Hemifran :: Holmstedt, Sweden

Licensing: MUSIC XRAY :: Kerowax Profile

Official 2016 Press Photos:

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