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“Another musical friend of Jackie Greene's joined him on stage for a song or two: Jabe Beyer. Jabe, I believe is a Nashville guy. Jabe, too, is SO talented, and is quite accomplished; has six solo albums out. These guys really need to come east!”
“He then proceeded to give a sampling from each of his albums, including Bound to Drown, from Where Are We Going & When Do We Get There, an upbeat tune with a bit of country flavor and Both Hands on the Wheel, from the same album, a smooth melody that features more of his beautiful and thought provoking lyrics. A great highlight for me was Forever Is a Long Time, from Outback Country Vampire, a dirty blues piece that had me tapping my toes and grinning like a loon. The favorite for the whole audience was the catchy and musical Louise, which is featured on his latest album, a live recording from The Family Wash.”
"Upon entering the locale, opener Jabe Beyer was entertaining the crowd with his compelling voice and delicate guitar licks. An artist out of Nashville usually surrounded by his band, Jabe seemed comfortable solo as he played a short set of refreshing originals. His genuine lyrics and appealing guitar riffs were effective in warming up the room. His talent was undeniable and it was obvious why he was selected to open all six shows."
“Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jabe Beyer’s life as a pioneer in a brave new musical world...In the hit HBO show “True Blood,” sexually charged vampires lead dramatic, soap-opera-style lives in the small fictional town of Bon Temps, La. It’s all become an undeniable phenomenon, capitalizing nicely on the current international obsession with the undead. But, in the seventh episode of the show’s third season, Sam, the shapeshifter, drives to a dog-fighting operation in the swamp. The scene features a cut of music that is most likely bizarrely familiar to many who pay attention to Flagstaff’s local music scene. The song in question, “Mountain Radio,” was performed and recorded by the Boston-based band the Benders, which itself included Flag music hero Nolan McKelvey, as well as the song’s author, guitarist Jabe Beyer.”
“Most every day, Jabe Beyer wakes up and writes a song. So it was only a matter of time that he would, one day, take a leap of faith and see whether he could get paid for those musical brainstorms. Moving to Nashville, which the onetime Boston resident did two years ago, seemed like a promising idea.”
“Jabe Beyer knows it’s a disgusting metaphor before he even brings it up. But bear with him, he pleads. “I always relate songs to puking,” says the singer-songwriter who leads the acclaimed roots-rocking Boston outfit JABE. “You think you’re gonna puke, you just don’t know when. But when it comes out, you can’t stop it. And you can see all the stuff inside you.” Beyer apologizes when the unsavory moment is over and he’s finished making his very vivid point. It’s one well taken, though. His band’s latest album, “Drama City” (out on his own Woodeye Records label and available at www.jabe.net), can also be heard as a reflex action to the emotional upheaval that afflicted all four members of the group last year. The album, cut mostly live in a three room cabin in Plymouth, also happens to be the best thing he has ever done.”