Dave Jorgenson -
We Have A Winner
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
Dave Jorgenson sings about getting drunk again, you can believe
it. When he aches with the despair of facing another day in the
rat race, again, believe it. And when he pleads with you to
not put the whiskey bottle away, you’d better listen. A good ol’
boy from Perry, Kansas, with a voice that simply oozes hurtin’
and losin’, Jorgenson is back in the neon with his second album,
We Have A Winner. And what an album it is.
For a start, the
voice: it’s been described in several reviews as supple. Well,
it is. And more. Jorgenson has a lively quality that digs into
heartache; it mines the ache of despair, and when the hurtin’s
done and finished, he knows how to kick back and whoop it up with
the best of them. His album is a balanced blend of misery and fun,
sung convincingly by a guy born with twang in his bones.
Jorgenson is no
late bloomer when it comes to music. His bio depicts a kid who
picked up a guitar at 7. Pumped with the home influences of
Williams and Haggard, he went on to local performing, eventually
moving to regular gigs in clubs and venues. A later move to
Austin, Texas, cemented the dream of forging out a career that
would make use of the over 100 country songs he’d written.
Some of those
songs, together with Jorgenson’s polished style, show keenly on We
Have A Winner. With 10 tunes on board and Jorgenson as
co-producer (Tommy Detamore), the CD is a honky tonker’s
delight. Jorgensen and his honed session band deliver with a mix
of spirited toe-tappers, late night weepers, and a clutch of plain
Again” opens the set. Singing in the shadows of a lost love, a
wife who’s taken the kids, the dog and the family home,
Jorgenson tells us he’s making brand new friends, since he
started drinkin’ again. Misery. Hurt. A loner’s desperation
– Jorgenson taps into more than a beer keg when he shares the
ache of being on the wastin’ end of goodbye. That’s one of the
many standout points on this album: Jorgenson can write a damn
good country song. He feels what he sings, and what he sings he
shares in identifiable lyrics.
countrified and made for Saturday night voice continues the
drinking and thinking theme as it works across “ Blue’s Just A
Color” and “Don’t Put That Whiskey Away”; then, as a
sobering after thought, we’re offered isolated misery in crafted
tunes like” I’m Giving Up On Love” and the sentiment soaked
“You’re Gone”. With the image of a lover’s loss played out
in the lyrics: “The jukebox grows silent and the lights all come
on/I’ll grab my old guitar and head out for home/ That’s when
it hits me…you’re gone”, Jorgenson nails a familiarity
cowpokes and lovers alike could share in.
But while Jorgenson
can have you reaching for a Kleenex and a shot glass with his
music, he can, also, and easily, direct traffic to the dance
floor. When “Rat Race” fires up, move the rug and rearrange
the chairs, as this’ll move crowds quicker than a sale at
Walmart. With the band in overdrive, guitars twanging and drums
pumping, Jorgenson lets loose with the album’s most spirited
On “We Have A
Winner”, Jorgenson paints the picture of a poker game married to
the losing reality of a bad hand in the game of life, while
another chance to kick up sawdust comes with the energetically
fired “Everybody’s Baby”.
you’re looking for a cut loose album, one with heartache sold by
a guy who feels what he sings, then you should check this one out.
And if you’re looking for an album that hooks you early with its
pace and talented diversity, we have good news: we have a winner
– Dave Jorgenson.
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