Lowcountry, the second album by Jack the Radio, introduces Southern charm on a grander level than its predecessor Pretty Money. The band has taken this record and expanded on the sounds that laid their foundation. Allowing their maturity as a band to guide them, Jack the Radio explores a thoughtful sound that reflects their tremendous growth since their debut.
While Pretty Money expresses a heavier, slightly eccentric sound, the bandʻs latest album does the opposite. The band exhibits a call to their roots, focusing instead on their growth as musicians. The combination of genres — from rock to bluegrass — shows their strength in the fluidity of the album. Making use of instruments such as lap-steel, cello, trombone, and mandolin — in addition to the bandʻs familiar lineup of guitar, bass, and drums — itʻs clear that the band makes it a priority to stay true to their roots.
With summer upon us, itʻs easy to refer to the album as purely seasonal. However, the band uses Lowcountry as their opportunity to show listeners their versatility. The cohesion is evident throughout the album, and listeners can expect to recognize the familiar voices of A.C. Hill and George Hage, who both bring the album full circle. From “Change”, an exhibit of the bandʻs familiar style, to “Truck Stop Man”, which uses horns to uphold its rising pace, the album is a work of growth and a continuing show of passion for the South.
The album concludes with a strong finish, found in “Realize” and “Never Again”. Itʻs evident that Jack the Radio has matured greatly, and their sound makes great strides in their latest effort.
Lowcountry is available now via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and your local record store.