“8.5 out of 10 Singer/songwriter Jesse Brewster comes out of San Francisco and he releases a very impressive new album, March of tracks. It’s not just another typical singer-songwriter ish album, because it also contains clear influences from classic rock, altrock, folk and country. Jesse has got a fantastic voice and he recorded his new album in 12 months, focusing on 1 song every month, just like Gabriel Rios did. The material is quite catchy and pop melodies can be heard all throughout the record, which makes it a possible breakthrough album for Jesse. Highlights are definitely Left to Lose, World Closing In and Innocent Sinners. At times it reminds me a bit of Jack Johnson, but secretly there are also similarities to Tom Petty and Keith Urban. Besides being a great guitar player and vocalist, he is also able to write a fantastic tune, so that is what is making Jesse Brewster a hugely talented musician, who you urgently need to check out: http://www.jessebrewster.com”
“Coming off the critical success of his last album, Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall, San Francisco singer-songwriter/ guitarist Jesse Brewster is taking a different approach this time: one single per month for 12 months, leading to the release of his new album...His latest single, and third installment of his March of Tracks, “World Closing In” (May 7) is a gypsy-jazz influenced Americana song laced with soaring fiddle, choppy Bluegrass mandolin, guitar solos, Beach Boys reminiscent backing harmonies and a toe-tapping rhythm that will appeal to any musical taste. ...“Waiting For My Chance” (an uplifting song of desire and persistence) and the infectious and powerful “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down,” showcasing Brewster’s gritty vocals and featuring funk grooves, rich backbeat, soulful bass, drums and backing vocals as well as twangy guitar and classic rock riffs, proving that Brewster is truly a master of combining different influences, while still keeping authentic to his”
“Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall is the second LP from Berkeley native country boy Jesse Brewster. Brewster is half rock star and half cowboy, and Wrecking Ball is 100% representative of both sides of his personality. The album opens with the up beat “All those Things I Said,” with its steel-toe boot tapping drum rhythm and smooth guitar licks. The next two tracks take a step back, with country ballads like “Fuel for the Fire” and “All She Deserves.” Things pick back up on “God Fearin’ Man,” a good ol’ fashioned drinking song with a funky Lynyrd Skynyrd riff, Brewster’s rugged vocals and a wailing guitar solo for an extra kick. The album isn’t just all guitars, bass and druns; in “Dive to Drown In” Brewster incoporates piano and organ for added dimension beneath his vocals. With equal parts alt-rock attitude and down south country twang, Jesse Brewster plays up both sides to really come into his own as a singer/songwriter.”
“Jesse Brewster has a unique Red Dirt voice that defies his California roots. The album begins with the anthemic "All Those Things I Said," which offers a melodic chorus and a passionate performance from Brewster. On "All She Deserves," Brewster is allowed to showcase his rich and passionate vocals the best. Likewise, the dark "Dive To Drown In" illustrates Brewster's Americana potential more than any other song…The hard-edged "God Fearin' Man" is a triumph that will have live audiences rockin' the night away…"Sometime" showcases Brewster's musical artistry more than any other song on the album. "Consider This" has much of the same charm, and listeners will get lost in the haunting vocal performance…"Wrecking Ball At The Concert Hall" is a truly unique album with elements of rock, folk, Americana and country..He has everything he needs to succeed..indeed, this only wets the appetite for more.”
"The slow bluesy Americana track "All She Deserves" is a brilliant showcase for (Brewster's) strong songwriting ability and soulful vocal. And the Skynrd-like riff on "God Fearin' Man" is near perfect country rock with a wicked solo midway towards songs end."
"The direction of Southern-rock-leaning numbers like the opener "All those things I said" and "God Fearin' Man" , impress with razor-sharp overdriven electric guitars and short and hot solos...Class album."
“...sings with passion and conviction, and songs like the uptempo rocker "All Those Things I Said" and the pretty story song "Fuel for the Fire" could also be hits for any number of Nashville country stars....on "Consider This," another song full of honest emotion and authentic feeling, Brewster's beautiful baritone sails over a Paul Simon-like finger-picked acoustic guitar accompaniment. Brewster is a master of the tasteful tune, the surprising chord change, the conscientious lyric and the kind of musicality that makes every song on "Wrecking Ball" an absolute pleasure. With this album, Brewster has something to be proud of, creating one of the finest albums of this or any year.”
"Where other singer / songwriters usually water down their music to sound extremely polished, for radio., BREWSTER remains rooted in the Southern Outlaw sound"
“Jesse Brewster — Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall (Crooked Prairie). The record kicks off with the dusty, freewheeling “All Those Things I Said,’ and stakes out territory that will be welcomed warmly by fans of Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and some of those post-Eagles solo albums from Don Henley et. al. From there, things take a decidedly Americana/country turn, but this is miles above what passes for modern country.”
"Back when there was radio, this is what summer sounded like as you were cruising to some outdoor concert looking for a good time somewhere in that heartland night."
"Jesse has a snakebitten riding-the-range voice on him, embracing fire and firmness, sometimes even in the midst of the many ballads. He and compadre James DePrato sling some mean electric and slide guitars too, and when they get down in tandem, give 'em plenty of room 'cause the fur's gonna fly."
“Each time I’ve seen Jesse Brewster on stage I’ve grown more and more baffled and frustrated. How can a talent this large not be nationwide? Jesse needs to be discovered in a big way. He’s ready for primetime. His live shows and CDs are top-quality productions that leave you wanting more. The musicianship, the showmanship, the voice, the vibe, the supporting cast — they’re all there, aching for mass consumption. His messages are direct from the heart and his sound is addicting. Book him, sign him, spread the good word. Jesse’s the man...”
“On his first solo acoustic EP, Marin's Jesse Brewster shows that he's a singer-songwriter who has everything. Everything except the breakthrough success he deserves. But that may be only a matter of time...blessed with a distinctive baritone voice. He's paid his woodshedding dues as a rock guitarist, so he's more than just a strummer. He knows how to craft songs with actual melodies and hooks. And, most important, he has something intelligent to say. Judging from the four songs on this EP, he could be the next Jack Johnson or Dave Matthews. There isn't a clinker in the bunch, and they make me anxious to hear the full-length album he promises to deliver later this year.”