Colorado singer-songwriter Jeff Cramer is gearing up for the upcoming release of his debut solo album, Northern 45. Recorded at the Bombshelter recording studio in Nashville, TN, the album was produced by Jon Estes, bassist for John Paul White and Abigail Washburn. It’s set for release this Friday -January 25th, 2019.
Glide is proud to premiere the album in full below. Cramer showcases a brooding openheartedness and warm crackly diversity of alt-country, ballads and studio rock reminiscent of early Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown) and Hayes Carll.
“This song’s a bit of a deep cut for me. About a decade ago, just after graduating from college, I was working full-time at a ceramics factory in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, and part-time at a wine bar. I had a tendency to do about as much wine drinking as serving in the role, which didn’t work out so well for the owner. One day, after having some sort of blow up in a relationship and likely over-serving myself as the bartender–immediately leading to a mutual agreement with the owner this wasn’t the right fit–I found myself alone in my room in Main South Worcester and wrote this song. Coming out of college with a super-practical philosophy degree, working two jobs, and overdrawing my bank account every week, it was easy to feel like a boy in a big man’s world. But even today, with a job, and at least a good long while without an overdraw, it’s just as easy to feel the same way–especially since the self-appointed ‘big man’ started running the show in DC.” — Jeff Cramer
Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, go to the country, build you a home . . .
I’ve been singing John Prine’s “Spanish Pipedream” for years, and – from time to time – I think he hit the nail squarely on the head. Who doesn’t want to quit the rat race, leave the cell phone and day job behind and head to the woods for a life surrounded by Mother Nature’s bounty?
Denver, Colorado, based singer/songwriter Jeff Cramer tackles that very sentiment in “Legend of Bo Tim,” a reality-based cautionary tale about a true to life character who eschews civilization for a life in the wild.
This week, Trail Mix is thrilled to premiere “Legend of Bo Tim,” a track featured on Cramer’s first solo record, Northern 45, which will release in January.
I recently caught up with Jeff to talk about the new record, outdoor adventures, and what it might be like to leave it all behind for a life in the wilderness.
The songs of which Jeff Cramer's Northern 45 are comprised represent a decade's worth of work. Each track hearkens back to the singer-songwriter's Midwestern roots. They envelop listeners in rolling Americana spanning northern Wisconsin and far beyond—through Bolivia, D.C., Maine, and Colorado—as Cramer has trekked over the last ten years. Chronicling a life of adventure, love, heartache, and hard work, Northern 45 has the makings of an honest and adventuresome blue-collar soundtrack.
Prior to the full albums release on 25 January 2019, Cramer is premiering its first track with PopMatters. Straight away, "Forgive" is a song that sounds plenty like the name on the tin, encapsulating a warm and wistful voice that pervades its overall presentation. Cramer's easygoing grit is enough to simultaneously captivate and soothe listeners as a breath of breezy guitar tones and rollicking percussion swirl around it. All the while, a powerful message is conveyed in the ideology that Cramer establishes throughout—to forgive, but not to forget …
Debut Record, Northern 45, Set for Release, January, 2019
Denver, Colorado songwriter, Jeff Cramer, is releasing his debut solo record, entitled "Northern 45", in January 2019. The first of four singles, “Forgive”, debuts Wednesday, September 26, on PopMatters.
Jeff's "Northern 45" features 11 original tracks written at various outposts from along the northern 45th parallel, a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Colorado Girl", and Grammy award-winning talent throughout.
Recorded at the Bombshelter recording studio in Nashville, TN, often described as an "analog paradise" and home to award-winning records from the Alabama Shakes, Margo Price, and more, Jon Estes, bassist for John Paul White, Abigail Washburn, among many others, produced the record to analog tape and played bass and keys. Guitars include Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jeremy Fetzer of Steelism, and Spencer Cullum Jr. from Miranda Lambert's band. Dave Racine of Jim Lauderdale's band plays drums; Molly Parden sings backing vocals.