Madjack Records is proud to announce the release of Jed Zimmerman’s new recording titled “Shedlight”. The songwriting here reflects the varied life experiences one encounters during years of traveling, living and playing music in starkly diverse locations. For several years, Jed resided in Memphis, TN, all the while soaking up the city’s eclectic blend of musical influences. He and fellow Memphis songwriter Keith Sykes began working together and eventually Jed landed in Texas where he met the likes of Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Rodney Crowell and the ever present spirit of Townes Van Zandt. His songwriting continued to grow along the way. Jed spent considerable time in Taos, NM as well, drawing on its beauty, and its landscape poetry, leading to songs like Shedlight’s “Texas New Mexico Line”. During this period, Jed also married a beautiful girl and they now have two children. So of course, the depth of the songwriting increased accordingly, as Jed dabbled from life’s evolving palette.
Given Zimmerman’s background, when it came time to record Shedlight, it made perfect sense to collaborate with Texas’ Walt Wilkins of Mystiqueros fame. Walt produced the Shedlight sessions in Texas with a host of the area’s finest musicians including (Dick Gimble, Jimmy Davis, Corby Shaulb, Ray Rodriguez and harmonies by Tina Mitchell Wilkins .) After the main tracks were recorded in Texas, Walt and Jed sent the music to Memphis’ world famous Sun Studios where horns (Jim Spake, Scott Thompson) and background vocals (Kait Lawson, Susan Marshall) were added.The result is a collection of songs that beautifully blend a multitude of influences.
In the 1970’s, on the classic country album “Wanted! The Outlaws”, with Willie and Waylon and Jessie Colter, Tom Paul Glaser sings “T for Texas, T for Tennessee”. In 2013, Jed’s music continues this geographical marriage. While Tennessee boys Davy Crockett and Sam Houston once shed blood in Texas, Jed Zimmerman humbly opts to “Shedlight”
The Memphis Dawls will begin work this summer with producer Jeff Powell on a record of all new material to be released on MADJACK Records. Check out the Memphis Dawls and stay tuned for more news about the release.
MADJACK Records is proud to announce the release of Mark Edgar Stuart’s debut release, “Blues For Lou.” Available now!
Born in southern Arkansas, Mark Edgar Stuart moved to Memphis over twenty years ago to expand his musical education and has been an immutable presence on the city’s music scene ever since. For most of his career, Stuart was the consummate sideman playing bass with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cory Branan, John Paul Keith, Jack Oblivian, The Pawtuckets, Secret Service, and Vending Machine among others. In recent years, after successfully battling through an extensive illness and also enduring the loss of his cherished father, Mark began writing. The result is the twelve song recording “Blues for Lou”. If you think you might enjoy hearing the Grim Reaper smacked down with infectious honesty and humor, then this is the record for you. Stuart conjures a combination of precious memories and fire-forged understanding allowing him to bring to the listener a truly unique sonic experience…all with a wry smile and a humble heart. The Eternal Footman never stood a chance.
MADJACK artist Kait Lawson was featured today on americansongwriter.com. The article is about a track called “Place In The Ground” on Kait’s debut album Until We Drown. Kait talks about what inspired the lyrics to her song.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, MADJACK Records will be celebrating the release of John Kilzer’s latest record, “Seven.”
The show will at Neil’s Music Room, 5727 Quince, in Memphis at 7PM. Joining John on stage will be Harry Peel, Sam Shoup, Steve Selvidge, and other special guests. The opening acts are fellow MADJACK artists, Kait Lawson and Delta Joe Sanders, both of which have new releases on MADJACK. This is a free show.
Please join us for a night of great music, and help us celebrate this release!