It’s clear from the rip and crunch of the opening guitar chords that we are hanging with a hard-drinking fella. The bluesy vocal struts in and confirms it.
Three days without shaving, four without sleep,
Do another line and pray my soul to keep.
Barefoot on the floor dodging broken glass,
From the bottle I swore would be my last.
In his new single Wreckage of Now, Colorado-based Musician Jay Stot muses about how most people are consumed with overcoming the troubles in their pasts while he finds himself dodging the landmines of the current moment. It’s an interesting twist on the classic tale of getting in one’s own way; many of us are our own worst enemies! Sounding very much like the song was recorded in between slugs of bourbon straight from the bottle, Stot has a bluesy- sing/speak manner of barreling through this tune that is both thrilling and convincing, free of pose or ego.
The chorus is instantly familiar and catchy, just the way it’s supposed to be.
Some folks struggle with the wreckage of the past […]
I’m always trying to deal with the wreckage of now
A killer, freewheeling guitar solo laid over a bed of organs brings the tune to the next level and closes out the track. The solo plays on for what could feel like a long time in less capable hands, but the guitar work here is impeccable – exciting and energizing with legit and credible Honkey Tonk vibes
Sparkling, straightforward production with a clear narrative – we aren’t peeling layers here to figure out what the artist is saying; he just says it – incredibly refreshing in this day and age of vague lyrics with hard-to-decipher meanings. Cinematically bluesy, Wreckage of Now is ready to be licensed by TV and Film and certainly qualifies for radioplay. His bio indicates that music doesn’t pay all the bills for Stot just yet; this track suggest that this shouldn’t be the case for long. Wreckage of Now may be a yarn about navigating a messy life with booze as your guide, but the song comes to us via such top-notch skills that the result is anything but a wreck. Great work.
Wreckage of Now is the title track of Stot’s new album, out now wherever you stream music. While my job description ends with this track, be sure that I will be pressing play and absorbing the full album in the days ahead.