Raised in Jackson, Kentucky (Sturgill Simpson’s hometown), singer-songwriter and genre-bending guitar blazer, Jeremy Short, has quickly risen to the top shelf of must-hear players.
Short was raised in a musical family where music poured out everywhere – at church, the piano, the dinner table – you name it. The son of a rock ‘n’ roll drummer, he first found his professional groove as lead guitarist and frontman for the R&B horn band, Downtown King, and the lead guitarist for Sasha Colette’s red-hot Americana backing band, The Magnolias. Now armed with his own water-tight rhythm section, the twenty-something rounds out Short & Company with the talents of Trevor Litteral (bass, backing vocals) and Taylor Jones (drums, backing vocals).
While Short and Company have built blue-collar audiences, electrified crowds in Memphis, and bested hundreds of bands to make it to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge, they’ve also quickly become a favorite in the regional festival and club scenes.
Influenced by a wild-eyed range of guitarists such as Frank Zappa and Robin Trower and blessed with sweet Southern flowing vocal soul, Short — and his lock-step Company — testify that there is still plenty left to be added to the great scrolls of soul-shined Southern Rock.
Check Out Short & Company’s “Bartender” At The Burl:
Short released his first solo EP, Songs From the Chicken Shack, in January 2014. Although it was one helluva stringer full of country-fried Delta-slide blues keepers, recording it was vastly different from recording his debut record, ‘Lost in a Spin’.
“Recording my EP was a great learning experience in terms of figuring out how to harness my sound and make the most of my time in the recording studio,” recalls Short, “but recording Lost in a Spin got me, well, literally lost in a spin.”
Short goes on to say, “On one day I remember particularly well, I was so focused on getting the best ‘feeling’ vocal take for everything we had worked on that day, that I’d forgotten to eat. We were working on “Dead and Gone,” which has an especially emotional bridge that I wanted to channel the right energy into, and we eventually did – 12 hours later. I was on such an emotional high (so to speak), that eating didn’t even cross my mind till after we were close to home – and by then I was already paying the physical price.”
That dedication to detail and strive for authentic, emotional vocals is evident on tracks ranging from their first single, “If the Spirit Moves You” – which hits you heavy on the funk straight out of the gate – to sultry, sexy reprieves like “You & Me” and “Shake it Off.”
Short & Company – “If The Spirit Moves You”:
It won’t surprise you that Short & Company’s ‘Lost in A Spin‘, due out March 29th, somehow – no, without question – finds the perfect balance between love ballads that make you want to cry and club hits that’ll have you dancing all night.
SHORT & COMPANY ARE TOURING NOW
New dates added daily to website:
3/29/18: The Burl – Lexington, KY (album release)
3/30/18: The V Club – Huntington, WV (album release)
3/31/18: Beardo Fest – Cincinnati, OH
4/12/18: The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
4/13/18: Hill and Holler – Lewisburg, WV
4/20/18 Bayso’s – Grayson, KY
4/21/18: Melody’s – Beckley, WV
5/18/18: Steam Engine – Irvine, KY
6/2/18: Mountain Music Festival – Minden, WV
7/7/18: Southgate Revival House – Newport, KY
7/20/18: The Wild Bean – Lewisburg, WV