Hey all of you beautiful folks out there! Just thought I'd check in and let you know that The Whiskey Jerks are still plugging away here in Saskatoon, writing and learning new material, playing lots of shows and well, just plain having a grand ol' time! And it's SUMMER!!! YAY!! I have to say that we're all pretty excited about playing the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Taste of Saskatchewan, and then we'll be sharing the bill for two shows with one of my all time favourites Geoff Berner - wow!! Does it get better than that? I'm thinkin' not...but I am a true blue fan of Mr. Berner's and I cannot WAIT!! I hope that you're all taking in the beautiful summer days, partaking in some summer cocktails on your favourite patio and preparing yourself for a lot of sweet summer festivals and live music - I know we are!
Yours in the prairies.
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE REVIEWS OF 'NEAT':
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From Ominocity's "THE BEST NEW MUSIC OF SASKTCHEWAN IN 2015 (so far)..."
The Whiskey Jerks – Neat
"Wordy folk that doesn’t skimp on the stomp or the storytelling, The Whiskey Jerks serve up a neatly complex mash-mix of instrumentation that serves as a solid foundation for a playful platter of vocals. Also, that crow is way too cute."
The Whiskey Jerks – Neat"Wordy folk that doesn’t skimp on the stomp or the storytelling, The Whiskey Jerks serve up a neatly complex mash-mix of instrumentation that serves as a solid foundation for a playful platter of vocals. Also, that crow is way too cute."
Chris Morin - Ominocity www.ominocity.com
Check out The StarPhoenix review of 'Neat.'!:
"Whiskey Jerks Start the Party
By William Robertson, For The StarPhoenix March 5, 2015
Whiskey Jerks Neat www.whiskeyjerks.com ....
Saskatoon's Whiskey Jerks give fusion another lively sound with Neat, a shotgun wedding but happy marriage of jazz, rock, blues and lots of klezmer music.
Check out the lineup of instruments: over drums, bass and guitar, the accordion, violin and clarinet come out to dance. As an added bonus, all six of the musicians sing, the nod going primarily to Gillian Snider on accordion and Anna Bekolay on violin.
The album opens with a swinging, rocking klezmer song about time travel, quoting a couple of lines of Amazing Grace in each chorus as they tag along with Time Travelling Jesus.
Golden Boy is a rueful jazz/pop look at kids who aren't as golden as they appear, all led by the violin and with a brilliant sax solo from helper Gregory Edmunds. Solomon's Creek has a lovely slow ache to it, while Dead-Eyed Darling, with its Celtic feel, is about the kind of fun that gets drunk up.
There's a Ray Charles bluesy feel to Rantin' Fools, about our "messed-up species," saved only by our ability to laugh. Nesslin Lake, with its strong bass line, is a nod to a retreat, a Saskatchewan paradise done in klezmer fusion style, much of which carries right through the rest of the album.
This album can start and close the party, reeling and rocking all the way."