- When The Tide Rolls In
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
at CSO headquarters, the mailman lugs and struggles to deliver
another weekly shipment from independent hopefuls. After sorting
the pile, we begin the slow sift. They’re all here: older
performers, the youthful, the hopeful and the awkward, and along
the way, and sometimes, the exceptional. Enter Nashvillian,
Let’s just skip
the superlatives and get straight to it. Wow! This talented
21-year old -- he writes as well as sings – has all the right
ingredients for his debut, When The Tide Rolls In.
Already the album has critics applauding the effort, and many
local and overseas radio stations are quickly finding places on
tight play lists for this Fort Lauderdale native. And why not,
as this is a keeper.
There is not one
low point on this album. Produced by noted console man Ted
Hewitt, whose recent interest Rodney Atkins is zooming up
Billboard, has pulled together a choice song list
–contributing 4 co-writes with his “If you’re Going
Through Hell...” protégé. Hewitt has scored a bullseye here.
He’s saddled Andersen with a tight and capable band (noted
session payers with perfect pedigrees), and mixed in a
commercially viable blend of ballads and barn kickers, married
to a youthful tenor and polished enthusiasm; the result is a
Andersen is no
slouch in the vocal area. His rich and full tenor, velvet when
needed and complete with all the energy of a thunderstorm when
he cuts loose, is a selling point. The well-thought-out song
choices, too, add to an album that is as much a surprise as a
The album is
fires from the first pounded beat of “Leanin’”. Written by
Hewitt, Atkins and Max.T.Barnes, the tune is a Saturday night
toe tapper. It sits easy in the mix with other choice tunes –
“When The Tide Rolls In,” the fiddle-drenched “Sing
Along” and Andersen’s own lyrical offering, the softly
shuffled, “A Kiss Away”.
brings grit and toughness to his rockier cuts, it’s in the
softer takes that he shines. His easy on the ear phrasing, his
controlled sharing of emotion, works well on tracks like “All
Along” and his self-disclosed album favorite, “Sweeter Than
On a faultless
album, there are so many good tunes; but there’s one, if given
the needed push that could make for Andersen’s breakthrough:
“The Girl That Broke Joe’s Heart”. The tune scores high on
many fronts. Firstly, it’s hook-driven and comes with a modern
story-line. That story, written by Butch Baker, Ted Hewitt and
Wil Nance reads: boy meets girl, girl leaves boy, and new face
on the scene arrives and hooks up with girl, only to find
she’s the ex of his best friend – truly the stuff of
heart-worn country. And Andersen nails it.
is well-produced, well played, well written, and delivered with
the polished class of anything doing the radio rounds and
enjoying high Billboard placement at the moment. It’s a
Here at CSO
headquarters, from our Independent mailbag, we sometimes get to
hear something that’s vibrant, original and fuelled with
possibility – J.C.Andersen’s, When The Tide Rolls In,
hits that mark.
to J.C., his producer and the boys in the band. The young
wannabe has nailed a take-notice album with his first venture.
The best is surely to come as we monitor, watch and wait. In the
meantime, let’s support the effort. Buy the album.
The album is out
on Norstar Records.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
2. Sweeter Than Sugarcane
3. When The Tide Rolls In
4. Hearts and Horses
5. Sing Along
6. A Kiss Away
7. You Are
8. All Along
9. The Girl That Broke Joes Heart
10. Nobody Does Nothin
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