"Far From Perfect" Watermelon WMCD 1070
Best Underrated Guitarist: (Tie) Duane Jarvis
Now that Buddy Miller's starting to get his due, what with a richly deserved Nashville Music Award and all, Jarvis is next in line for some overdue recognition. Jarvis has backed everyone from Lucinda Williams to the Divinyls, and that gives a pretty fair assessment of his range: sympathetic coloring to balls-out sweat 'n' stomp.
(J.R.) Writers' Choices (Nashville Scene, Best of Nashville 1999)
|Phil Lee, Duane Jarvis
Impress At SPITTLE
Fest In N.C.
Jan 31, 2000, 12:10 pm PT
Durham County, N.C. native Phil Lee made it almost all the way back to his mom's farm Saturday (Jan. 29) night. Lee and his compadre Duane Jarvis performed back-to-back sets in Raleigh on the final night of S.P.I.T.T.L.E.Fest 2000 (that's Southern Plunge Into Trailer Trash Leisure Entertainment) at the Brewery.
Lee, who currently lives
in Nashville, has just released an album titled The Mighty King of Love
on Shanachie Records. His appearance in Raleigh with his band, the Sly
Backed by Danny Kurtz (bass/backing
vocals), Freddie Jones (drums), and Jake Berger (guitar), Lee set the standard
for the evening with a set of rowdy country honk. He delivered
Lee's big finish gave the Pabst-chugging audience members a memorable entry for their rock and roll diaries. His moving tribute to white trash girlfriends, "Les Debris, Ils Sont Blanc," done to a polka beat, was followed by his only concession to sentimentality, "Don't Put Me in My Daddy's Jail." Lee's father was, until his retirement, the Chief Jailer of the Durham County Sheriff's Department, so the song's a family-oriented piece, in a way. Lee and his boys then pulled it all together with a full-tilt-boogie version of the first single from the new album, "A Night in the Box."
After a brief changeover interlude, Phil Lee reappeared onstage, behind the drums, and Danny Kurtz returned on bass. Both were now performing in backup to singer/songwriter/ace guitarist Duane Jarvis.
Jarvis has just started working
on a new album in Nashville with producer Richard Bennett and, among others,
Phil Lee. Jarvis took a couple days off from the studio to zip down to
Jarvis' set, comprised mainly
of uptempo, twang-rich tunes from his albums Combo Platter and Far from
Perfect, had a distinctive Tex-Mex sound. His affinity for border music,
In a week that began with a 20-inch snowfall and ended with freezing rain, Lee and Jarvis brought some heat back to the so-called Sunbelt.
far from perfect
[ W A T E R M E L O N ]
BY MEREDITH OCHS
Co-produced by former E Street
Band member Garry Tallent (who also plays bass on the record), "Far From
Perfect" is such a solid slice of Americana that it almost masks Jarvis'
British Invasion roots. His voice is sweetly frayed around the edges as
he sings of love,
"Far From Perfect" is such a likable record, though, because it brims with D.J.'s warm, personable character. He offers glimpses of himself as a straight-up guy, the kind of guy for whom you'd buy a beer, the kind of hitchhiker you could actually pick up, as he suggests on "Vanishing Breed." At 40, Jarvis has seen enough of life to render him cynical, but his songs are ultimately optimistic and wry (especially the tremendously funny "A Girl That's Hip," co-written with former Blue Chieftan Tim Carroll, which sets his romantic search against the distinct riff from the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction"). If Jarvis is part of a vanishing breed, it's indicative of the inhospitable times in which we live. But it's no reflection on his tremendous talent. "Far From Perfect" is like the America you drive across country hoping to find, away from the highway strip malls and bad radio stations -- where beautiful, old buildings stand proud, and music that rings true is still being made.
SALON, April 21, 1998
Meredith Ochs is a regular contributor to Salon.
From Rainer Zellners Website:
Man stelle sich vor: Joe Ely, Dwight Yoakam, Mick Jagger und Keith Richards (im entsprechenden Verhältnis) im Transporter Raum der Enterprise. Durch ein molekulares Malheur mutieren sie zu Duane Jarvis, wohnhaft in Nashville. So in etwa kann man sich Duanes aktuellen Sound vorstellen. Jarvis ist jedoch von der reinen Kopie weit entfernt: Er ist ein hervorragender Songwriter und ein ausgezeichneter Gitarrist, den schon Dwight Yoakam, Buddy Miller, Rosie Flores und Lucinda Williams in ihre Bands holten. Seine Mischung aus Country-Twang und R&B Groove ist unwiderstehlich, dabei beherrscht er das Coole, das Schnoddrigge sowie die richtige Dosis Sentiment und Verlangen. Er gehört zur ersten Garde der Roots Rebllen, die den Plattenbossen im Glamour Geschäft der Hutträger in Nashville gehörig Angst einjagen und mit Fantasie und Seele die Country Music reformieren.
Seine erste CD "DJ's Front
Porch" zählte der Rolling Stone 1994 zu den besten Alben des Jahres
und nannte es "addictive" Seine letztes Werk "Far from Perfect", produziert
von Gary Tallent (Bruce Springsteen), wurde mit Lobeshymnen gefeiert: "Zwölf
Songs, kein Ausfall, alles brilliant musiziert und gesungen und mit rustikalem
low budget Punch produziert..." bescheinigte das Magazin Rolling Stone.
Seit seiner Tournee mit Jann Browne gastiert Duane auch immer öfter
auf europäischen Bühnen. Seine relaxte, ungemein beeindruckende
Live Performance im rauhen, Basic-Country-Roots-Rock-Setting hat ihm auch
hierzulande schon eine Menge Fans beschert.