Americana, folk; Organic Records — STREAM / BUY single
Jeremy Garrett is expanding the notion of acoustic roots music — and though he’s driven by a personal need to transform his own artistic efforts, he’s also paving the way for a reinvigoration of those roots by a whole new generation of musicians. Starting in the demanding world of bluegrass, he’s mastered the canon, developed his own voice within it, and then pushed his creativity to a new place, free from convention and welcoming to artistic exploration. Though he’ll tell you that he’s just making music that inspires him, as a one-man band both in the studio and on stage Jeremy Garrett is a break from the norm.
For his first single since the release of his Organic Records debut album, Circles, Jeremy delivers a startling unique version of “Nevermind,” the gigantic groove-pop hit from Israeli artist Dennis Lloyd. With the support of Crossroads Studios’ engineer Scott Barnett, Garrett loops guitar, mandolin, fiddle, percussion, and vocal to create a variation that retains the original’s soaring atmospherics while offering an affecting, haunting tinge that’s all his own.
Violin double stops and layered jams that seem hardly possible on acoustic instruments, wah-wah mandolin chops, ghostly percussion and more make this “Nevermind” an irresistible, enjoyable invitation to an open-ended groove for groove sake: dance music on roots music instruments.
“Diving deeper into my looping project, I was looking for a soulful song that was popular, yet somehow obscure,” Garrett recalls. “And this song embraces the vibe that I was looking for in a cover for my new record.”
“No one knows what the future holds for how music is made,” he adds, as he looks at his latest work. “But I believe if you embrace how human creativity can shape that future, perhaps your art can flow more freely with the advent of new technologies and tools that become available. This is part of my journey, to explore how to combine my voice and the traditional bluegrass instruments that I play — including fiddle, guitar, and mandolin — with effects, beats, and looping to create what is my sound and show.”