Bad JuJu (ju•ju) (joo-joo) – “Haunted by a Bad Vibe or Aura”
Bad JuJu might just be exactly how some would explain the ominous presence of Jackson Taylor & The Sinners. The group seems to lurk on the outskirts of the Texas/Red Dirt scene, never really a part of it but rather as an answer to it. Taylor’s songs have always been recognized as lyrical gems but the singer’s image and antics have done little to endear him to the usually college-crowd dominated institution. His story is one of working men, cheating women, and hard living. With a nomadic existence including stints in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Austin, Jackson Taylor has found a new home in Las Vegas NV and a tour schedule taking him across oceans and continents alike. After taking a full-band hiatus in Nov. 2011 and touring the US doing acoustic shows, Jackson found the right chemistry with slimming the group down to a bare-bones format in which his expressive Baritone and fine lyric crafting took more of a leading role. Jackson’s longtime on again off again guitar slinger Austin “Slate” Garrett and drummer Brandon Burke somehow forged an unorthodox lineup into a viable recording and touring group. Jackson’s acoustic guitar became a driving force in the band’s rhythmic attack and formed an unlikely rhythm section along with Burke’s incendiary brush playing. Garrett defied convention with his guitar picking, opting for a more Rockabilly sound and feel as opposed to the Telecaster driven leads of many modern country acts. This new group, after being battle-tested by apprehensive fans and critics alike, descended on Austin TX in February to try and capture their high energy live show on tape. With the help of longtime Taylor Collaborator Omar Vallejo, the group plunged into a 3 day bender of sessions, emerging with a raw, visceral record cut predominantly live in the studio and including all the tempo fluctuations, squeaks and imperfections that the group so loved about their favorite classic recordings. “Bad JuJu” is a stunning example of minimalism and honesty, two things in today’s marketplace that can be hard to find.