Hello, thanks for coming by! I’m Jesh, I’m a songwriter from Mobile, Alabama. I’ve been making up songs and singing them to people for as long as I can remember. I just released my first full-length record, Livers and Diers, as an independent artist. I’m going to be working hard to get it to as many folks as I possibly can over the next year or two, however long it takes. I hope you’ll be so kind as to give it an honest listen.
Jesh Yancey’s Livers and Diers is filled with great songs reflecting artistic maturity and dedication, featuring an array of musical styles.
- Steve centanni
With southern characteristics held tight and a focus on storytelling, Yancey invites everyone to pull up a barstool and soak in his homespun wisdom. This full-length release nicely frames Yancey as one of the region’s most sought-after singer-songwriters. Twangy enough to entice country fans and with a few upbeat licks to hook rock fans, Yancey hopes you get off your keister and continue to be a Liver.
Jesh Yancey’s new album Livers and Diers is a solid induction into Americana music, an album that feels like it is tracing the lineage of the troubadours that have walked that long hard road before him. The tracks “Another Day” and “Eureka” have that distinctive fiddle sound and storytelling that we usually associate with Southern music. In “Another Day” Jesh shows us how important not just the music is to him, but the lyrics as well, as he delivers us a literary nod to Dylan Thomas reminding us to “rage against the dying light.” Jesh Yancey fearlessly takes on the sociopolitical climate with “Government Work,” tackling the issues of our youth on the border, the drinking water, the education system, the justice system, climate change, fake news, corporate welfare and the ignored working class and reminds me of the tradition of protest songwriters from Woody Guthrie to Todd Snider. And catchy as hell, too. Another catchy-as-hell tune is “Island of Truth.” When Zach Brown hears it, he may be mad he didn’t write it. Or better yet, he’ll pay Jesh a truckload of money to record it. The title track takes an interesting turn, musically. It sounds eerily like Tom Waits. Voice isn’t nearly as whisky-soaked or cigarette-stained, though. Fans of Sturgill Simpson will dig his song “Promised Land.” And I can’t help but think of Drive-by Truckers with the song “Right Before Dawn.” It’s not only a rocking song, but again the lyrics are socially inspired and raw and an ode to the oppressed and downtrodden. In the end, Jesh Yancey suggests that for all that is wrong with the American dream, it’s us, “We’re All to Blame,” but somehow the beauty is still there and worth fighting for.
- Nick Shuck, Author Native Moments