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Genres: Pop / Acoustic

Location: Federal, CA

Stats: 70 fans / 4,313 plays / 79 plays today






"I knew going into this record that I wanted to hear something full and vibrant," says singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan of Women and Country. "I wanted horns and fiddle, for it to be as big and beautiful sounding as it could with instrumentation. That changes the lyrics and tone of what you're writing."

Those instincts are evident across the album's tracks, a lush collection that blends country, blues and folk into a poignant aural evocation of rural landscapes. From the soft snare and forlorn strings of "Nothing But the Wide World For Us" and defiantly proud lyrics of "Down On Our Own Shield" ("It's a struggle, it's a strain / it's all give and no take / whatever it is now, it's up to our waists") to the dirgey country strains of "Smile When You Call Me That," which describes a love gone bad in deceptively minimal terms ("I'm drunk and you're insane / I can't quit and you won't change / Ain't no half-hearted Romeo / why do you treat me so?"), the artist's latest album displays an artful mastery of roots-rock language and musical phrasing. And where his previous record, 2008's Seeing Things, was a stripped back "exercise in limitations," Women and Country is the work of a mature performer vested in exploring the byways of the American songbook.

"I see myself as a traditionalist," he says. "I like traditional things. I like things of substance and value that have been proven. Conceptually, as the songs started to come together, I followed that lead, which is the language I work in."

Recorded in Los Angeles in May of 2009 and produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, Women and Country marks Dylan's second solo effort. He says he was pleased to enlist Burnett, both because the two have a longstanding friendship and because Dylan describes the producer as a musical "historian" with an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to blues, folk and rock 'n' roll. "I knew that there wasn't going to be great amount of frustration making the record with him," Dylan says. "Believe it or not, this many years later, it still seems like you're trying to get around other people's ideas. I knew that wasn't going to be the issue here. That allowed me to bite off something fairly large."

It's that freedom that gave Dylan the room necessary to delve into wide-ranging themes—the women and country of the album's title-and marry them to a musical form appropriate to a universal experience. "Everything we care about is an extension of women and country. I don't see that as American. I think that's the way the world works all over. These things we believe in and strive for are the foundations of what we desire or care about and want to protect. It's materialism, it's economy, it's politics." He continues, "I do work within the parameters of what's considered American and rural images, but it's really women and country-those are the starting points. Those are the beginning and ends of all our efforts, either proactive or reactionary. I really think those matter more now than ever."

The album also features backup vocals by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, whose help Dylan enlisted to enrich the album with a different personality on 8 of its 11 tracks. (For his upcoming tour, Dylan will be accompanied by Case's backing band; Case will appear on select dates as well.) Among their notable harmonies are those on "Everybody's Hurting," "Holy Rollers for Love" and the elegiac country of "We Don't Live Here Anymore," which Dylan begins with cinematic description ("Left turn off a county road / weathervane is to the north / in the shade of sycamore / is the house where you were born") before ratcheting up the anxiety ("We're off the script / we're off the lease / we can't catch any decent sleep / we don't live here anymore"). The female voices on the chorus provide an ethereal counterpart to Dylan's earthier tones.

Despite the collection's western tinge and dusty lyrics, the singer-songwriter stresses that his aim wasn't just to offer up country, but rather to create an album where the melody of the songs only add to their meaning. "I just find those references and sounds more interesting. I don't want to be a throwback, and I'm not holding a torch for anything. I just think that those sounds evoke something that's undeniable to everybody."


  • shopping said:
    niceeeeeee Jan 18
  • Sandrine Besteller said:
    Big Fan Here Apr 07
  • Katy Linsao said:
    Your father is my idol. You've definitely inherited the talent. :) May 12
  • Emo Kitten said:
    Hey can u fan this band at purevolume.com/rse or at least give them a listen thnx! Oct 05
  • Alexa Shmide said:
    i suport everything you do ! i bought the friday night lights soundtrack, and your latest cd! so yea love you Jul 06
  • Bianca said:
    ohey jakob! just wanted to say that i bought the Friday Night LIghts Vol.2 soundtrack and your on it! which you probly already know lol! but anyway love you and your music come to canada!! Jul 06
  • ami said:
    Jakob dylan you my friend is very awsome and talented!!! I bought the friday night lights soundtrack jsut beacuse of your awsome amazingness that is on it!!!! Jul 06
  • Shane Causyn said:
    hey check out my band when you get the chance, were called 'a summer scene' , you will love us if you love boys like girls and all time low! were new to purevolume, so please become a fan and like our page to help out :) hope you like our music! thank you! Jul 05
  • alicia said:
    jakob dylan you are a god! i herd you first on the friday night lights soundtrack and i lovedd you ever since! Jun 30
  • Amanda said:
    Hi Jakob!! I took would like to say thank you so much for collaborating with friday night lights and having your music on their show!! You're a great part of the soundtrack!! Jun 21
  • BBlack said:
    SOmething Good This Way COmes!!! enuff said, great song. all props to the friday night lights soundtrack for showing it to me !! Jun 10
  • AshleyLeigh. said:
    hey, please check out bright light avenue. they're really awesome. www.purevolume.com/brightlightavenue May 30
  • ji5mpunker said:
    you're awesome!! May 29
  • JJKJE said:
    If you get a chance plz check out www.purevolume.com/darkloud and tell us what you think. It may not be your style but its worth a shot. If you like it become a fan and give us one more reason to write music May 28
  • hello, operator. said:
    Woah, Jakob Dylan on Purevolume? funny, i never would have thought that. I grew up listening to the wallflowers and your dad's music aswell. My dad would play it non stop when i was younger. Now he plays this stuff all the time. love it. May 27

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