Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Saturday February 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Jim Roll

 

continued

repertoire of folk, rock, and country music touches, make for a record rich with sonic surprises and heady lyrical twists. From the somber biography of "Eddie Rode the Orphan Train" to the sardonic spoof of "In-Flight Magazines," Roll's plainspoken tenor drives forward on an undercurrent of informed melancholy.

Perhaps inspired by the edgy-to-twisted wordplay of Johnson and Moody's more traditional verse, Roll's own incisive lyricism takes on a more ambitious literary bent in the five songs he wrote himself. "Bonnie and Clyde" is a rock song extolling the tough, violent vulnerability of Faye Dunaway's character in the film classic. "Orphan Train" tells the true story of an orphan exported from New York to Arkansas and put to work on a farm, and "Curious One" deals in the rarefied territory of the ancient Middle East and the sun goddess Anana.

Musically, Roll is clearly comfortable straddling several camps, whether he's playing solo or with a band, rocking out or finger-picking a folk song, revealing his own thoughts or putting music to those of another writer. Roll himself sums up the three-voice approach as "just freakish enough to fit together."

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Today's Events Today's Events
Map of Restaurants with Delivery Available Map of Restaurants with Delivery Available
Calendar This Week - Networking & Career Development Calendar This Week - Networking & Career Development
Fresh Start - Fake Ad: December 2016 Fresh Start - Fake Ad: December 2016
Pale Flower - Japanese film noir Pale Flower - Japanese film noir
Magic Pond Magic Pond
Dave Douglas - The versatility of the long-dist... Dave Douglas - The versatility of the long-dist...
Hip Hop Sock Hop - Fake Ad: January 2017 Hip Hop Sock Hop - Fake Ad: January 2017
NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones
Ann Arbor Nightspots: Session Room Ann Arbor Nightspots: Session Room
Your guide to summer camps and activities for kids.