Okay...So this probably won't be the most objective review ever. I've been following Jack, since his college bar days, going on 25 years ago. Jack has followed a long and winding road, with both ups and downs. For awhile, he had a big label deal and played the Nashville record company game, which earned him a #1 song and an ACM award for Top New Male Vocalist (15 years into his career...Go figure!!!). After that Nashville stint, Jack was pretty quiet on the recording end for several years. A couple of years ago, he thankfully came back by delivering the stellar Midnight Motel, that shook off all of the Nashville polish with a live, loose in the studio feel.
With Riding High...Again, Jack brings that same in-studio feel back that brings to mind Jerry Jeff's Viva Terlingua. Riding High...Again could probably be best described as a tribute to both his heroes and his peers, with covers fro the likes of Guy Clark, Rusty Wier, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Hayes Carll. The album kicks off with an Ingram original Alright, Alright, Alright that is a fun, rave up shout-out to his friend Matthew McConaughey. Other Ingram originals include the bluesy Staying Out of Jail, Where There's A Willie and Tin Man, his cowrite with Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall. Sailor & The Sea, his tribute to his mentor Guy Clark is worth the price of admission alone. Sailor & The Sea is set to an absolutely ethereal musical backdrop, that I often wish would keep going and going.
All in all, Riding High...Again is a fantastic and fun addition to Jack's catalog and another worthy stepping stone in his musical journey, that he clearly is in control of.
My one and only very minor quibble with the album is the microscopic font used in the liner notes. Being old school...yes...I still love to read the credits and liner notes. These are printed so small that even my progressive lenses laughed at me. Finally resorted to snapping a pic with my phone and blowing the picture up.
Go forth & buy this album!!!
Keep On Keepin' On!!!