Jesse Terry, the hardest working singer/songwriter in singer/songwriter-dom, seems to live on the road. In an uncertain music business where we fret about and debate the best way to reach the most fans with the least amount of effort, he’s out there constantly, a man with a guitar, selling his fantastic songs the old fashioned way – one town at a time. Terry is currently in the middle of a stretch of East Coast dates that take up the month of July, so look for a town near you in the list below. www.jesseterrymusic.com
John Mayer recently made his first live performance in almost two years at a benefit concert for the Montana firefighters who battled the summer wildfires that blazed through the Paradise Valley region of the state. Mayer, who owns a house in the area, was not home during the summer fires, but still felt an obligation to give back to those who had aided the region with their service. At the time of the blaze, Mayer was in Los Angeles receiving treatment for growths near his vocal cords that forced him to cancel the planned tour for his latest album, Born and Raised. His recovery seems nearing completion, as he was able to carefully belt out a few tunes that can be heard via the fan-captured videos below. The sold-out gig raised over $100,000 and also featured performances from members of the Zach Brown Band.
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With pride for our friend and OurStage artist Jesse Terry, we want to let you know that he’s got a pretty big spotlight tonight on the CW’s Hart Of Dixie, which will feature one of his new songs. The show airs at 8pm EST.
If you like what you hear, check out Jesse’s new album Empty Seat On A Plane. He’ll be touring the northeast in early 2013:
Guilford CT (Ballou’s Wine Bar)
Branford CT (Ballou’s Wine Bar)
NYC (Rockwood Music Hall)
Londonderry NH (Tupelo Music Hall)
Fall River MA (Narrows Center For The Arts)
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Reading Jesse Terry’s list of tour dates from the past few years is a lot like looking at an actual calendar. Almost every single day corresponds with yet another gig, often in an area hundreds of miles away from the previous night’s show. A self-described “road warrior,” Terry has played his way across the contiguous United States multiple times by now, and the wanderlust evident in his musical travels plays a major role on his new LP Empty Seat on a Plane. Whether he’s describing Montana’s Bitterroot Valley or the dusty back roads of Tennessee, it’s clear that Terry isn’t merely going through the lyrical motions. He’s been to each place, soaked up its essence, and reproduced it in the form of gorgeously sung folk songs. Even if he isn’t doing the traveling himself, Terry is busy imagining the voyages of others to far-away locales like Portugal, Spain, or France. He envisions cars, trains, and planes carrying people off to the bright new lives they want, or at least think they want.
That is not to say that Terry doesn’t maintain a strong sense of groundedness amidst his travels. Woven throughout the various narratives on Empty Seat on a Plane is an enduring sense of Americana. In Terry’s lyrics, home is less a single place than a group of ideas and images (ballparks, carnival rides, and wide-open roads) that conjure the unified feeling of America as one expansive home. Specific nods to gospel, funk, and blues instrumentally achieve a similar effect, compressing America’s vast musical history into portable tuneful mementos that give listeners a coherent sense of place no matter where they might be. Never crowded or ostentatious, Terry’s arrangements give each instrument just enough space to make these musical influences clear, and his soothing vocal delivery is calming without being sleep“inducing, which is a rare feat. While Terry has been accurately compared to the likes of Ryan Adams and James Taylor, Empty Seat on a Plane shows that now he may be well on the way to becoming a reference point for other up-and-coming singer-songwriters himself.
This past Wednesday, executives representing OurStage.com met with with members of the newly formed Artist Advisory Board to discuss the direction of the company and the future of music. Board members included Tyler Bryant, Graham Whitford, and Caleb Crosby of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Mieka Pauley, Jesse Terry, Xolie Morra, and Jonquil Anderson (emcee TAMPPA). During the inaugural meeting, OurStage previewed a slew of artist-centric offerings designed to fortify revenue streams for independent artists.
Later that evening, members of the board represented the online music discovery community during the New Music Seminar (NMS) showcase at Arlene’s Grocery in the East Village. The night kicked off with an acoustic set by Xolie Morra (accompanied by David Nolf), followed by Jesse Terry (recently nominated by NMS as one of the Top 100 “Artists on the Verge”) who was accompanied by drums, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Mieka Pauley took the stage for an impromptu a ccapella rendition of “Marked Man”, track seven off her forthcoming LP, The Science Of Making Choices. Rounding out the bill was Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, whose highly anticipated first full length record drops this summer. The showcase closed with a set by NYC hip-hop duo, Metermaids.
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Rising through the ranks thanks to honest lyricism and a tireless work ethic, Jesse Terry is the winner of March’s Ernie Ball Folk Competition with his track “Grace On A Train”. This New York singer/songwriter has spent the last few years making his presence known on the national touring circuit. According to his profile, Jesse has already shared the stage with the likes of Dar Williams, Mat Kearney, Lori McKenna, Shawn Mullins, David Wilcox, The Indigo Girls and Rodney Crow, with hopes of adding more names as soon as possible. If you’re into Gavin DeGraw, Brad Paisley, Dave Barnes or John Mayer, stop by Jesse’s profile and check out his music. Big congratulations to Jesse”enjoy a year un-fettered with costly string purchases.
Also, be sure to check out Ernie Ball Indie Rock Winner Brae with his brand new strings from Ernie Ball!
If you’re an artist looking for a break in Nashville, chances are you’ll play at least once at the Bluebird Café, the city’s unofficial woodshed for raw country talent. Jesse Terry has performed his fair share of showcases at the Bluebird, which has helped to establish him as one of Nashville’s most promising up-and-comers. The singer-songwriter crafts big, soulful country music polished to a shine in the studio. The Runner is a tale of restlessness, where yawning guitar riffs, piano pangs and the mournful warble of lap steel bear the chorus up. Dark and sultry, Devil May Dance explores infidelity and the bottle. AM static on the radio / Looking for last night’s clothes, Terry sings over the wail of an organ and electric guitar. Trading alcohol-fueled fire for a more contemplative sobriety, Edges takes the production down a notch, letting a poignant guitar and dusty percussion do the talking. Terry’s got a lot of material, and the talent to become one of country’s great storytellers.