CD Jubilee [Promo] * (CD 166730),
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Jubilee [Promo] *
2. Red Eyes
4. Petty Song
5. So Happy
6. I Got U Babe, Pt. 3
8. Tonight I'm Drinking
11. 2 A.M.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79764
Aaron Beavers; Dusty Wakeman; Andrew Williams; Aaron Beavers; Dusty Wakeman; Andrew Williams
John "Ninja Dog" DeBaum; Danny White & Linda Nail; Brian Reeves
Shurman: Jason Moore (vocals, guitar); Aaron Beavers (guitars); Keith Hanna (bass guitar); Damon Allen.
Personnel: Jason Moore (vocals, guitar); Aaron Beavers (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Keith Hanna (vocals, dobro); Damon Allen (vocals, drums); Rich Mahan (electric guitar); Ben Peeler (lap steel guitar); Dusty Wakeman (baritone guitar, harmonica); Andrew Williams (piano); Skip Edwards (organ); John Lefler (Wurlitzer organ); P.H. Naffah (congas); Louie Butler (percussion); Dave Hartunian, Garrison Starr, Johnny Davis, Gia Ciambotti (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Doug Pettibone (pedal steel guitar); Johnny Davis (bass instrument); Dusty Wakeman, Andrew Williams , Skip Edwards, Ben Peeler.
Audio Mixers: Aaron Beavers; Dusty Wakeman; Andrew Williams ; Danny White & Linda Nail; Michael Chandler; P.H. Naffah; Curt Schneider.
Recording information: Formula One Studios; Mad Dog Studios; The Jungle Room.
Photographer: Chadwick Fowler.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Larson.
Alternative country has become so "in," it's even found a home in L.A. thanks to Shurman. While the band has been active for some time, Jubilee will serve as the band's introduction for many listeners. Released on Vanguard, the album combines the songs and vocals of Aaron Beavers with a four-piece band format for solid, unadorned country-rock. Even five songs into the album, it's clear that Beavers, drummer Damon Allen, guitarist Jason Moore, and bassist Keith Hanna play well together, and the set list is strong. While some material leans closer to country ("Drownin'") and other material leans toward rock ("I Got U Babe, Pt. 3"), the overall feel of the album is cohesive. The only negative observations one might offer is that the band, in spite of its talents, reminds one of a number of other alternative bands. While Beavers' vocals might have been described as "heartfelt" in 1995, today his voice just sounds familiar. While the band's combination of country and rock would have sounded innovative in 1995, today it qualifies as recognizable alternative country. For those familiar with the nuances of the genre, however, Shurman's songwriting and synchronicity will carve out a distinct place for the band on the contemporary music scene. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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