It only took Jason Greene a couple of months after his release Local Animus to get more songs out to the public. His latest release State of a Lawman is a six-song EP with relatively short songs that don’t go past the three-minute mark.
Like his latest release his songs are basic, to the point and are undeniable folk. He has an aesthetically pleasing voice that tells somewhat classic tales with a twist. Take for instance the opening title track where he talks about a lawman shooting a bull. He sings, “When he heard the news, he didn't have to choose. Jack had seen an injured bull before / He hurried to the scene, and to his disbelief / The police opened fire upon the bull.”
Up next is an instrumental piece entitled “Council Bluff.” It’s a mellow instrumental piece revolving around a warm rhythm and lead guitar. Short and sweet.
“Honest Living” is another tale of people who lives has gone a bit weary. He sings, “Oh the chief of police is a scoundrel, who beat on an old lady's man / He'll be a drawing a comfortable pension now and kissing Richard Trumka's hand.”
“Stranded” is a slower, melancholy song while “Paunch-O” is another short instrumental track. He closes with a highlight entitled “Boxcar Jerry.” The song is upbeat and felt like a fiddle and banjo would have been perfect for this song.
The six-song EP goes by fast. Greene isn’t making the most complex music but it certainly has some charm. The songs are for those who are looking for classic folk with some off-kilter storytelling.
Greene is on a roll and I am sure we will be hearing from him more in 2017. Look out.
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