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Music critics compare Jordan Umbach's acoustic Americana/Rock music with a touch of blues to Springsteen, Butch Walker and Dylan, with a bit of "Joe Strummer-ish rawness" and note his voice and songwriting as "authentic and refreshing." Umbach keeps the music honest with heartfelt, poetic ballads, along with melodic, toe-tapping songs you can't forget. Equally at home writing about the steel cities of Western Pennsylvania, coming of age themes, or humanitarian and race issues, Pittsburgh and its regional media hailed Umbach's debut CD "Silhouette of Steel" (2010) for its "maturity, raw poignancy and refreshing authenticity", (Pittsburgh City Paper) with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette naming it a "Notable Release for 2010." His 2011 album, "Mercy" was underwritten by a grant from the PA Council on the Arts and includes many narratives about the working class people of Western Pennsylvania, as well as features nationally acclaimed accordionist, Henry Doktorski. Currently, Umbach has relocated to Nashville to pursue his dreams of songwriting and performing and is writing new material for an EP to be released later in 2013. If in Nashville, you can catch Jordan playing many of the regular songwriter rounds, as well as in a standing gig at the world famous Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-2:00pm. (Located in Printers Alley, Downtown Nashville.)
Umbach has drawn comparisons to Butch Walker, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Bill Deasy with his "smart songwriting and witty, melodic sound". (Scott Tady, Beaver County Times) His songs reflecting the heritage of Western Pennsylvania earned him a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in 2009 to pen a full album written from research on the steel industry and race relations in the Washington/Pittsburgh area. Mercy; Songs for Western Pennsylvania was released in 2011 to further critical acclaim by regional media, including the Uniontown Herald-Standard with music critic, Clint Rhodes, comparing Umbach to Dylan.
Jordan is an active member of the Calliope Pittsburgh Songwriter's Circle and was chosen for Calliope's Emerging Legends Music Series 2011. He has played widely in the Pittsburgh and Western PA region, including gigs at Club Cafe, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Fate, The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Garfield Artworks and Shadow Lounge, and has opened up for numerous national acts, including Kina Grannis. He has also played live for numerous radio spots on The Saturday Light Brigade and WNJR-Radio, where his music is in rotation. He currently has new songs he is preparing for download and an EP release, and is relocating to Nashville, TN in February of 2013.
Whether solo or performing with a trio or band, Jordan Umbach is an always-passionate performer full of authentic energy and charisma which engages audiences everywhere he plays.