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Review: Cody Jasper, “Cody Jasper”

No Comments 4 May 2014

Review: Cody Jasper, “Cody Jasper”

“Cody Jasper may only be 24, but he sounds like he’s much more of a veteran recording artist than that, and this is a dude with serious chops and talent.”

Artist: Cody Jasper

Album: Cody Jasper

Genre: Blues / Outlaw Rock

RIYL: Stevie Ray Vaughn, JJ Grey, Waylon Jennings

Cody Jasper

Cody Jasper has it goin’ on.

The man simply knows how to play guitar, write and sing mixing Blues, Soul, Southern Rock, Gospel, Alt Rock and plain ol’ Rock in a way that has serious creativity and appeal.

His self-titled album is very worthy of purchase indeed. “Cherry Pie” (no, it’s not the Warrant song thankfully) cruises along with some seething slide guitar and a great feel and groove. It’s actually quite reminiscent of Blues-era Whitesnake from the late 70’s sounding a bit like that band’s classic “Love Hunter”. 

“Evil Woman” (nope, not the ELO song!) is another choice cut and meshes some Southern Rock with Gospel and Blues Rock as Jasper lays waste to his axe with some wicked soloing. If that’s not enticing enough, the thumping “The Deal Is Done” is quite the ass-kicker and has some blazing lead guitar with a tone and crunch to sink your teeth into. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and such are seeming influences here.

There’s also some very catchy songs such as “Someday” which actually isn’t too far off the dark, guitar-laced genius of Arctic Monkeys (especially vocally) and the charming “Mona Lisa” which has a slinky guitar intro and wonderfully constructed verses and choruses. “Mona Lisa” is easily one of the more radio-friendly cuts here, and “Holy Water” (not the Bad Company song-just making sure people know these are originals!), could easily appeal to a fan of the Dave Matthews Band. 

“Holy Water” doesn’t necessarily sound like DMB, but it has a nod or two and features a soulful, rootsy sound as well. “Snow White” about the evils of cocaine is another great song and again has something of a downbeat Arctic Monkey style with some nice production techniques including what sound like synth-strings.

“Rosemary” has an awesome, aching Blues guitar solo and “Black Cadillac” sounds like a drunken Gospel revival laced with piano and twangy slide acoustic and group backing vocals offering yet more variety.

Cody Jasper may only be 24, but he sounds like he’s much more of a veteran recording artist than that, and this is a dude with serious chops and talent as a player and writer.   


Cody Jasper website: http://codyjasper.com/site-1/

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