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Jerrod Medulla / Press

“Jerrod Medulla's signature sound is filled with sweat, sex and a sultry southern drawl intensified with a bluesy guitar and set on fire with lyrics asking how bad do you want him to be. But behind the slicked-back hair, pinstripe suits and smoke-filled spotlights is a quiet, honest guy with his heart on his sleeve. While his talent may have thrust him onstage, his personality - namely his humility - has kept him grounded and sincere, which is what drew him to music in the first place. Once his fingers found their place, there was no looking back. Medulla began playing in small honky-tonk bars near Lubbock, playing waltzes and two-step-worthy tracks that kept the audience on their feet. He even took a stab at Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" and not only received some serious radio play, but his manager received a call from the Boss himself pronouncing Medulla's rendition as "one of the best he had ever heard,"”

Marthe Stinton - Star Local News

"How Bad," Jerrod Medulla Medulla celebrated his first DOMA nomination this year, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been making great country albums for years now. The steamiest tune on this list, Medulla's pleasingly gruff vocals team up with the hotter-than-sin Lindi Ortega for a smoldering duet.

“A slick country album that never feels overly polished. The smoky rock that Medulla folds into his honky-tonk recipe has a satisfyingly robust flavor. Also, it's not a small deal that he landed a duet with the hotter-than-sin Lindi Ortega. Their duet, "How Bad," is a jazzy, noirish number that would be tough for many pseudo tough guys to pull off”

“The slickest of this round-up, Medulla's Speak Easy is also his slickest album to date. Slick isn't meant to sound frivolous or poppy. In fact, the collection boasts a proper amount of country music themes ("Badly Bent" is about a broken down truck and a guy without any cash to have it fixed) and at the very worst, it might be categorized as a modern country album, which doesn't have to be a pejorative. The bluesy roadhouse atmosphere created is perhaps best hammered home with the tune "How Bad," as Medulla duets with the red-hot Lindi Ortega, a Toronto-based rockabilly beauty currently touring with Social Distortion, on a dangerously sexy tune. While a cover of the Cars' "Drive" is novel, we're not sure it necessarily fits in with the rest of the album thematically or musically, but it's a good tune amongst some quality offerings.”

“Bands On The Road t.v. series interview! I just found out that Bruce Springsteen told my radio promoter "Mr. Medulla's rendition of my song (I'm On Fire) is one of the best I've ever heard."”

“Songs are all over the map, genre-hopping as easily as the gearshift on a well-maintained old truck. Pop ‘em into place, step on the gas and go, that sort of feel. Some cuts (“Shouldn’t Be Doin’ This,” “Hey”) are swampy and grimy, haunting in a coastal bayou sort of way. Think Tony Joe White. Or if you’re a fan of HBO’s True Blood, think Jace Everett’s growl and that dissonant guitar on the show’s intro song. It takes a level of mastery to set this sort of mood, sustain it, and get down in the crevices of a listener’s soul. Medulla makes it happen. Other tracks sound as if they could have come from completely different records, but Jerrod makes the pieces fit. “Don’t Say You Don’t” captures the energy, excitement and anticipation of dusk on a Saturday night the way Bryan Adams used to circa the Cuts Like a Knife album when we were all young and the world was our stage. “Rockport Wave,” on the other hand, embodies the spirit and joy of the T”

“In these days of prefabricated, unadulterated, and sterilized auto-tuned, drum machine, synth-driven tastemaker-declared fake-cool “country” music, it is indeed refreshing to have a young singer/songwriter come along with some guts, glands, and honesty. I’m a little biased, because I’ve liked Jerrod Medulla since the first time I met him. He’s a down-to-earth, fun (and funny) guy... but I’ve also recognized a stellar musical talent in Jerrod’s singing, songwriting, and musical sensibilities. And I have hoped to hear that talent captured in a world-class recording. Jerrod’s new CD, Speak Easy is that recording. I’ll close by saying this: Jerrod Medulla is not cool because he says he is or because I say he is or because some tastemaker wants to sell or tell you he is. Jerrod, like Dylan... like Cash... like Springsteen... well, he just is.”

“As the Outlaws and Legends show gets started so did the interviews of the artists, or should I say “Outlaws” that are performing live at the event. Hometown boy Jerrod Medulla and his duet partner Aubry Lynn England dropped by this morning and shared both of their individual C.D.’s that were just released. Without so much as a hint, Jerrod breaks out his guitar and he and Aubry Lynn go into an awesome song I captured on my video phone, I think it’s a smash hit song. Check it out and tell me what you think? The two seemed like a natural fit for this song, however Jerrod had already recorded the song with someone else on his latest C.D release. Both, Jerrod Medulla and Aubry Lynn England have their new C.D.’s available on their individual websites.”

“The 2012 bill also featured a sizable contingent of returning performers, including Gary P. Nunn, Matt Martindale and Jerrod Medulla. For Medulla, who attended classes at Abilene's Mann Middle School and later the Wylie School District, this was a warm homecoming. Not long after his afternoon set, his parents, Danny and Pam, came up to congratulate him in their marching Jerrod Medulla T-shirts. "Hey, I ran into Mayor Norm Archibald out there," Medulla's father said. "He's looking for you. The mayor of Abilene's looking for my son! That's pretty cool." Medulla, who lives on the north end of Dallas, says he managed to squeeze in a few reunions during his brief layover in Abilene before continuing on tour. "I miss it," he said. "Everyone's always so kind out here, and it's great to see old friends and family. Everything seems to click back together when you play your old hometown."”

“Once you hear Jerrod sing, you'll be a fan for life. He's got a voice that sounds like whiskey and honey.”

Amy Lacy - Best In Texas Music Magazine
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