If you’re a reader of this site, you already know the magical sounds that Jericho Woods create. They headlined our first Cinder & Smoke Fest last year, and they were also part of the Kentucky Takeover show in Nashville earlier this year.
We’re big fans of the members of the band, it just so happens that they also create fantastic music while representing our great Commonwealth.
‘One Perfect Sound’ contains ten brand new songs. You’ll find yourself submerged in an audible landscape that’s painted by the wonderful melodies and harmonies. You’ll take the trip with stops at love songs gone wrong, songs that celebrate love, songs that transport you to the beach, songs that feature Spanish style guitars and everything in between.
With ‘One Perfect Sound,’ Jericho Woods delivers the perfect balance of country music that’s marinated in a little Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll, seasoned with a dab of bluegrass, topped off with a little mop sauce and washed down with a cold Ale-8.
The results are sure to appease Country Traditionalists, but it’s also modern enough to fit in with the rest of Music Row. Highlights include “Wrong Things Right Reason”, my personal favorite in “Love The Way You Love Me”, “Song Like This”, “Monday Morning Cigarette”, “Miss Devine”, “Tennessee”, and of course the title track, “One Perfect Sound.”
Here’s the deal though, if you like one Jericho Woods song, there’s a very high percentage that you’re going to like them all. Seriously. Check out “Love The Way You Love Me” and if you dig it, just buy it or if you must, stream it. It’s truly great!
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Jericho Woods, they are considered a straight-up Kentucky country band and they were included last year on Wide Open Country as part of their “9 New Country Artists to Watch in 2018” feature, along with Tyler Childers, Charlie Crockett, Tommy Ash, and more.
Founding members, Josh Mitcham and Paul Priest, were destined to play together. Bound by blood (they’re cousins), each began their pursuit of music as youngsters but played music separately for over a decade.
We also premiered Josh Mitcham’s solo album, which you can listen to here.
“Paul played bluegrass with acts like Bobby Osborne, and I was playing with another group for 10-12 years. We decided to finally do something together when we started Jericho Woods,” says Mitcham.
Joining forces in 2013, they logged hundreds of shows in their old van leaving their mark across the Southeast and Midwest.
That work paid off.
In 2017, their self-titled EP debuted at number 14 on the iTunes Country charts and led to their single “Better Now” to be featured on CMT and GAC. That led Rolling Stone Country and Wide Open Country to name them “Artists to Watch” in 2018.
They were primed to bust out.
Then, their drummer at the time left to join Chris Jansen, and their lead guitar player made the decision to leave and focus on his budding solo career. They were now without a label, no manager, and having to rebuild the band.
But they weren’t to be counted out.
What do you do? You go cut the best record you can with the best folks you know: guitarist John McDaniel, steel guitar player Smith Curry, fiddle player Jimmy Mattingly (Garth Brooks), and keyboardist Rami Jaffe (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers). You add fiddle player Anna Blanton (Colter Wall) and retool your band with young, hungry players Aaryn Martin (guitar) and Will Johnston (drums). Then tour as much as possible. Try to be true to yourself, take your independent spirit and Kentucky pride and give folks the best experience you can offer.
Armed with a new set of songs and an arsenal of players, it was time for that new record, and they knew just who they wanted to produce it: Grammy winning producer, Skid Mills.
“Skidd has worked a couple projects with us, and we have really gotten comfortable together. We recorded the entire album at OmniSound Studios in Nashville, and it took about seven days total over the course of a month or so. We had been touring some for a while, so it was pretty easy to knock out.”
And there they had it. One Perfect Record.
“We’ve made a few records and have often tried to record what we thought other people wanted to hear instead of recording the songs we wanted. This record was us trying to find the sound that defined what we were. We feel like we did a pretty good job of doing that.”
Radio ready and a perfect road trip song, “Tennessee” tells the story of leaving home to pursue bigger dreams in a bigger city. It also offers a lesson – sometimes that works beautifully, but sometimes, someone comes along and steals your girl and offers those dreams to her instead.
Title song, “One Perfect Sound”, explores the balancing act of hard nights on the road, maintaining relationships at home, and quiet nights searching for the right words and the “perfect sound” that will take their careers to the next level and leave those struggles behind.
Album frontrunner, and lead single, “Wrong Things, Right Reasons”, is a high energy anthem for the blue collar worker.
“It really represents the mentality of our hometown; work hard all week, try to enjoy the little bit of time you have with family and friends before it starts all over again,” Mitcham says.
He goes on to say, “Paul and I have chosen to stay in Kentucky on our family farms rather than move closer to Nashville. It’s made it harder in some ways, but in the end, being here where we grew up has really shaped what we do. We really want to represent the folks of Kentucky; the people who work in the factories, construction, machine shops, and farmers. The ones who are just trying to carve out a little happiness for their family and themselves. That’s how most of the people we know live. They’re hard working country folks, and we really feel like this group of people need a voice.”
One Perfect Sound, released by OneRPM, comes out on – wait for it – May 3rd, 2019, a.k.a. “Oaks Day”. And ya just can’t get more Kentucky than that.