In the Fray

by Jacob Navarro

Released 2014
Released 2014
"A leader on mandolin/acoustic guitar that strongly recalls The Bad Livers.....with fierce picking that recalls Tim O’Brien in his youth and a voice that just might unleash hellfire one day...." - Dennis Cook, Dirty Impound
NOTES
"In The Fray" was recorded mostly live in my small studio, located in a funky marina on the Seattle waterfront, with good and talented friends that I have made over the last few years being involved in the Northwest's vibrant music scene. When I hear artist's demos I often feel like the demos are more enjoyable to listen to then the polished album. Sometimes an element of emotion can get lost in the pursuit of perfection. This album was an attempt to capture that raw grit found in a demo recording, but push it a bit farther than I might if the sole purpose was just to get the idea down. It is a sparse musical landscape, often just vocal and guitar performed live, sometimes delving into lush vocal arrangements and occasional upright bass accompaniment. My music references folk, bluegrass, country blues, roots rock, old gospel songs....I think this album really reflects those influences. I was fortunate to have Bradford Loomis, Beth Whitney, and Bella Terazza on vocal harmonies, along with Aaron Fishburn on upright bass on three of the songs. Hope you like it!

"A leader on mandolin/acoustic guitar that strongly recalls The Bad Livers.....with fierce picking that recalls Tim O’Brien in his youth and a voice that just might unleash hellfire one day, Jacob Navarro made one feel, by turns, that the grave loomed near or one had just gotten the best kiss they could remember in recent history….” Dennis Cook, Jambase. Dirty Impound