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article imageReview: Jared Blake - ''Til Morning Light'

By Adrian Peel     Sep 30, 2014 in Music
Following a successful stint on the inaugural series of 'The Voice' in 2011, the Arkansas-born singer-songwriter releases his debut EP on award-winning producer, Skidd Mills' label, Skiddco Music.
An original member of Team Blake on the popular TV talent show that also launched the careers of Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers, Cassadee Pope and Holly Tucker, Jared Blake has kept himself busy, writing and performing constantly and appearing on stage with the likes of Lee Brice, Thompson Square, The Band Perry and Randy Houser.
Now at last comes the first collection of songs from the powerfully-voiced father of six (yes, you read that right — six!) - who memorably treated audiences to stirring renditions of "Not Ready To Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks and the Kings of Leon number "Use Somebody" during his time on The Voice — and it's not without its charm...
Featuring catchy first single, "
Countryfied," as well as spirited second release, "Stomp" (a song previewed on Sirius XM’s The Highway), 'Til Morning Light is a solid collection of for-the-most-part rewarding musical moments that should delight Mr. Blake's existing fans and almost certainly snare him some new ones.
The above-mentioned "Countryfied" kicks things off nicely, making it clear from the outset that this is a country artist who likes to rock, and is followed by the slowed-down summer time groove of "Dandelion Wine," a pleasing tune that makes effective use of an instrument sadly absent in much of today's country: the steel guitar.
The aforementioned "Stomp" is a highlight, as is the evocative lament of "The Only One," a song that vividly displays the talented multi-instrumentalist's thoughtful side - a refreshing deviation from the "I'm from the country and I like raising hell" declarations that seem to permeate much of his material.
Last up is the title track and, to be honest, it's probably my least favourite of the six songs on the EP, although it does make energetic use of another instrument absent in much of today's country: the fiddle.
Overall, this is an electrifying no-nonsense introduction to what Jared Blake is all about (though I do think it should be "Till" and not "'Til!") — and it's clear he's much more than just some guy who did well on a talent show three years ago. If you like the modern country rock sound, as purveyed by the likes of Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, then you'll love this.
'Til Morning Light and "Stomp" are out today.
For more information, visit Jared Blake's official website.
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