LANDLINE (2020) is the fifteenth album from NW songwriter Jess Grant. It commands a broad musical terrain -- catchy upbeat dance tunes (Call Me on the Landline), aggressive guitar-centered rock (Seven Dates), lush harmonic ballads (I Need Love), lovelorn country (Regular Guy), and more.
Jess recorded Landline with Seattle stalwarts the Joy Mills Band. The band’s years of playing together are evidenced by the confident and versatile arrangements they bring to the sessions. Jess shares lead vocal duties with Tom Parker and Joy Mills, giving the album a broad emotional range.
The lead single is Call Me on the Landline, a cautionary tale about the risks of internet technology told in the upbeat musical style of Steve McQueen (by Sheryl Crow) meets Love Shack (by the B-52s). It’s music to move your feet to, with a hooky chorus that’ll get stuck in your head for days.
“On his new single Seven Dates, Seattle alt-country singer-songwriter Jess Grant has crafted a four-minute song packed with high energy, catchy and sassy melodies, and romance… The song reminds us that even though love can punch you in the gut, you almost always come out stronger from it… A versatile tune that works both as a lighthearted bop and a meaningful story… A fun and friendly track.”
-- Natalie Vinh, Dan’s Tunes (A Seattle-based music journal)
“With a critical look at significant and important threats to our natural world, Jess Grant sings a lullaby protest song of grief. It’s a look at the wonders of nature and the sorrow that comes with worrying about it too. Add it to your motivational list today, and pray it’s not too late.”
-- Americana Highways
“Tarantino-like stories...smart songwriting,
stringent, catchy melodies and a dose of twang.”
-- The Weekly Volcano
The Washington Waltz
"A wealth of fresh, original ideas...one
outrageous or innovative idea after another."
-- Victory Music Review