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JACOB THOMAS JR. performs the song "RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND" for BalconyTV.
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Raw-voiced singer. Songwriter. Sharp, detailed storyteller. Road warrior. Multi-instrumentalist. After spending years onstage and in the writing room, there are few roles Jacob Thomas Jr. hasn't played.
Raised by holy-roller parents in the Deep South, Thomas was taught to steer clear of diversions like mainstream rock. Religion filled his childhood instead. Even so, that didn't stop him from catching snatches of popular music during his time outside of the church.
Electric Sex doubles down on Thomas' love of good hooks. They're everywhere, from the slashing guitar riffs and piano chords that fill the album's bluesy, blue-balled opener, "Man in Need," to the melodies that turn "Carousel" into the record's epic centerpiece. Also driving the songs forward is the interplay between Thomas' guitar tones — which chime, ring and echo in true Reagan-era fashion — and Belk's unique approach to the pedal steel. The two musicians are longtime friends, having shared the stage ever since Thomas' very first gig in Nashville. Here, they turn that familiarity into a give-and-take between their two instruments, remaking the pedal steel as a rock & roll instrument along the way. That said, the album's lead single, "Whiskey Roller Coaster," finds Thomas adding some grit and grizzle to Nashville's country roots.
Recorded at a lake house outside of Chattanooga, a home studio in East Nashville, and the acclaimed Creative Workshop Studio in Berry Hill, Electric Sex is Jacob Thomas Jr's strongest work to date, filled with melodies that move, guitars that glisten, and songs that always leave a mark.
Presenter// Alyssa Jacey
Audio Engineer// John Constable
Videographer// Lloyd Derouen III
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