Holy cow! My 2nd record of 2018 comes out September 28th on Super Secret Records. It's called Burning Daylight and you can order it RIGHT HERE (TEE SHIRTS, TOO). Live shows on my social media pages (thanks for all the invites...). I was going to ad a new picture of me, but since I'm still mulching and pretty much wearing the same clothes, I didn't see the point.
Here's a little bit about the new record...
"If you somehow think that you like the band Spiritualized but not the Bob Dylan album Nashville Skyline then Jerry David DeCicca is on the scene to prove you wrong."
--Tyler Mahan Coe, Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast
Burning Daylight is the 3rd solo album from Jerry David DeCicca.
His second, Time the Teacher, was released in February 2018; a collection of laid-back country-jazz tunes full of piano, horns, and backing vocals.
Burning Daylight is an altogether different beast. Recorded live to tape at Sonic Ranch studios in West Texas, its rocks from dark to light.
"As a teenager, my taste was out of time- I was obsessed with 40 something year old singer-songwriters that used labels like Columbia, Elektra, Arista, and MCA to document their search for identity. They moved minor chords and graphic details next to big choruses; their characters were their friends, neighbors, family, and themselves: Lou Reed, Warren Zevon, Elliott Murphy, Graham Parker, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and, more than anyone else, Springsteen. I wrote and recorded this album with a spirit and urgency of my old heroes."
The songs utilize the geography of DeCicca’s Texas Hill Country with metaphorical lyrics to access the personal, like fighting depression in “Dead Man’s Shoes,” the benefits of therapy in “I Walked Here,” seeing beauty in desolate times in “Cactus Flower,” and valuing how you spend your waking hours in “Burning Daylight”. Other times, the album is more direct, like in the shared intimacy of looking back on hard times in the Gulf Shores and mourning the death of Prince in “Here with You”. “Cutting Down the Country” is a cry against sprawl and suburbanization; “I Watched You Pray” expresses gratitude for a friend’s faith while CNN blares the blues.
Featuring collaborators from past records, new band mates, and Gary Mallaber (drummer on Springsteen's Lucky Town, Van Morrison's Moondance, Gene Clark's White Light, every Steve Miller Band hit), Burning Daylight is the next chapter in DeCicca's Texas Hill Country records, where sense of place and politics stand in the periphery of that personal space where light and darkness run parallel.
Selected Press for Time the Teacher:
"sublime.... (4 stars)" Q
“… a thing of gentle and radian wonder, a psycho-geographical diary of the Texas Hill Country that he now calls home. In many ways, Time The Teacher feels ageless, its defining characteristics being soft piano, muted horns and gospel harmonies, all moving along with the same unhurried serenity as DeCicca’s voice.” Uncut - Americana Album of The Month (MARCH, 2018)
"It sounds both beaten-down and easygoing, as if DeCicca has learned some significant lessons from his tenure on this Earth.” Stereogum
“...a remarkable feat of empathy, so tender and calm, and always a quietly good cheer.” The FADER
“...there is a delightful delicacy of touch in his compositions and vocal delivery that deserves attention.” The Line Of Best Fit
“...his second solo record, is built on minimal guitar, piano and acoustic bass foundations, with DeCicca’s plainspoken vocals drifting serenely above them.” The Austin American-Statesman
New album Time the Teacher out 9 February 2018 on Impossible Ark (Europe) and Bandcamp (North America). You can PRE-ORDER IT HERE.
“Jerry David DeCicca’s Time the Teacher engages with the big, timeless subjects we expect to find in poetry—love, place and the ghosts of place, loss, memory—but it’s also full of the delicious particulars of a particular life, from ‘watermelon/ pink as a sunset’ to a neon Pegasus sign. Textured with piano, horns, even some gospel choir, the songs relaxed and soulful; they pan wide in narrative mode but also come in for the lyric close-up. What strikes me most about Time the Teacher is how dialed in DeCicca is to pleasure, and how that pleasure translates to the listener. This album feels true. I believe, again and again, every word.”
—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones
Jerry David DeCicca’s second solo album, Time the Teacher, resides in the Texas Hill Country where dance halls and cedar post fences are as naturally occurring as a river or a cavern. But the fiddles and acoustic guitars of this terrain’s Godfathers, like Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt, has been replaced by saxophones, piano, trumpet, and soulful backing singers.
Produced by Jeb Loy Nichols and Benedic Lamdin (Nostalgia 77) in London, DeCicca recorded his vocals with Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes) in Austin, Texas between bites of BBQ. Nichols met DeCicca when he was a 20 year old working in a used record store in Ohio, while touring his Lover’s Knot album. Years later, in 2007, they collaborated on producing the final recordings of Larry Jon Wilson. Time the Teacher is the hymn and highlight of their 20 year friendship.
He is also the producer of outsider songwriter albums by Ed Askew (Tin Angel), Chris Gantry (Drag City, November 2017), and Will Beeley (Tompkins Square, spring 2018). He works in social services and lives in the rural town of Bulverde, Texas.
Understanding Land, the debut album from Jerry David DeCicca, was self-released (with Electric Ragtime) May 27th in the US/ June 2 Worldwide. Available digitally, on CD and limited edition vinyl.
Recorded throughout the US and UK and mixed by Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes), it includes appearances by Will Oldham, Kelley Deal (The Breeders), and the legendary Spooner Oldham (Muscle Shoals, Dylan, Neil Young).
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