How many monikers can you take on as an artist/musician? Well, probably as many as you need to express your concept(s).
That is exactly what one John Jody is doing, as this is his new moniker, previously working both as Jody Smith and Black Nash. And the switch to John Jody is quite logical, as his latest 4-song EP Crooked Star is quite a departure from his Black Nash recordings.
Here, Jody is in a very Paul Simon/Elliot Smith, slightly countrified mood, and it actually works like a charm, coming up with four quite exquisite, subdued songs, accentuated by his vocals, acoustic guitar, and pedal steel guitar from Mark Huhta and Cody Nilsen.
Seemingly, it shouldn’t amount to much, but the songs have excellent structure and feel and Jody steps out emotionally here and gives the songs that extra touch they deserve.
“I’m trying pretty consciously to share more of myself with people,” says Jody about the EP, and he does. Works like a charm.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN JODY – CROOKED STAR