Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CD Review: Jason Yates Brings Friends Along On Solo Album

Jason Yates, former member of Ben Harper's Innocent Criminals, is on tour handling keyboard duties for the band Citizen Cope, who will be performing at Toad's Place on February 17th. Yates also has a new solo album out now.

The rolling piano signals the beginning of Jason Yates newest release. "My Way Out" is a "honky-tonk" rock song that brings up similarities to 70's-style Rolling Stones with Rod Stewart-type vocals. Yates' vocals have a rough sound as displayed in "Nobody So Far", but it gives a truer sound to the music. "Comin' On Back" carries a blues-ballad tempo, before Yates picks up the pace on the southern rock, country flavored "Paper Tents". Yates puts his passion for song-writing on the line in the song "I Run", about overcoming your fears. The acoustic gentleness of "Tear Drops" flows nicely into the simple "Sing For You".

Jason Yates latest album featured an array of guests including Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, fellow Innocent Criminals drummer Oliver Charles as well as session man Gary Mallaber (Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt). His album is available from Vapor Records for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. For more information on Jason Yates please visit

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