Makin Waves’ Record of the Week is “Lost & Found” by Jackson Pines. The Jackson-based roots duo will perform Aug. 30 at a benefit for the Project Matters mentorship program at Manasquan United Methodist Church.
Jackson Pines’ tasty new four-song EP, Lost & Found, is a follow-up to last year’s exceptional debut, Purgatory Road. The record’s haunting, spare rhythms and dark emotions kind of sound like Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska if it had the spare instrumentation of Tunnel of Love.
The closing “Undone” is the standout because its particular brand of haunting emotions — intensified by a Hank Williams-like howl — does what good folky blues is supposed to do: It makes you want to listen again and again, until you have the song memorized, so you can pass it on to someone else.
I also really like Jackson Pines’ driving, harmonica-fueled “You Will Never Understand,” which honors and continues the tradition of country music far more effectively than what passes for that style and genre nowadays.
Hear these songs live when the Jackson-based roots duo plays a benefit for the Project Matters music mentorship program on Aug. 30 at Manasquan United Methodist Church.
You also can see Jackson Pines at Asbury Park’s Indian Summer Festival the first weekend of fall, and at the Makin Waves Roots Fest on Nov. 18 at the Langosta Lounge and the Asbury Park Yacht Club.
Bob Makin is the reporter for MyCentralJersey.com/entertainment and a former managing editor and still a contributor to The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like Makin Waves at facebook.com/makinwavescolumn.