(self-release), from the San Antonio, TX area
Single, "The Words I Don't Love You Anymore"
Stream and Download EP here
Dennis Jay got a large part of his early musical education as a child of an American military family living in Germany. He found inspiration and comfort by listening to Armed Forces Radio Network. “Every day I’d come home from school and turn on AFN,” Jay says. “Most of the DJs were regular GIs who’d brought their record collections overseas. A lot of the music was from the South and West, and they’d play folk songs, cowboy songs, country & western, and rhythm and blues along with early rock & roll. There were no artificial barriers between these types of music.”
When Jay reached Austin, Texas, in the 1970s, he performed both as a solo act and with a band. Next stop was the Maryland/Virginia/DC area, where he formed his own band. He also did occasional solo gigs, such as opening for Steve Earle at the Birchmere.
This eclectic blend laid the foundation for Jay’s original songs, which are on full display in his new release entitled Bluebonnet Days In Texa.s Produced by acclaimed musician Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Dixie Chicks), Jay pulls together elements rooted in traditional C&W and folk.
Linda Ray, reviewing Jay's first album "What You See" in No Depression, said, “Artfully written in straightforward rhymes, his lyrics are loaded with simple emotions arising from honky-tonks and other blue collar settings, but common to conflicted lovers and losers everywhere.” True West’s Gus Walker echoed the praise, writing “It’s a straight-from-the-heart slice of life…. The influence of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Lefty Frizzell haunt his ‘Folk and Western’ compositions.”
What follows is Jay’s unique take on Western music as one with quiet conviction and a clear vision that comes from years of traveling and playing music across the United States, making a living with odd jobs such as washing dishes, working in a cemetery, construction and factory work. There are elements of straight up honky-tonk cowboy ballads and folk all driven by Maines’ stellar production, arrangements, and instrumental work surrounding Jay’s steady rhythm guitar and rich baritone.