Those of you who know me well realize my favorite unsung heroes are a group from California called Eve’s Burden. EVE’S BURDEN is a group which can successfully blur the line between genres blending rock, country and soul into one homogeneous delicacy. I recently had a chance to speak with Singer Sharon Jordan and guitar player / producer Jerry Leal about their latest single, an alternative country style remake of the classic hit song from the 70's by Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks called "Dreams." Jerry invited me down to his studio in California because he knew I would be chomping at the bit for anything new from this group. Their first album “The Black Letter” was great but the only thing I could compare it to was a modernized sound inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Santana with a heavy funky edge to it. This was completely different! I was blown away when I heard the Eve’s Burden country version of “Dreams.” Unlike the original it has a groovy upbeat feel to it. That is probably why so many radio stations are already playing this cut. Here are the highlights from the interview with Jerry Leal and Sharon Jordan. LMN – Jerry: I’ll have to admit it took me by surprise, why did you pick the song “Dreams” JL – “As you know my style of writing is much more complex than just 2 chords, I just do not have the patience to write a song without some complex changes. Maybe that’s why we’ve never had a big hit. So instead I looked for a cover song that was a hands down hit song but also a very simple one made popular by a female singer. “Dreams” by Stevie Nicks fit the bill perfectly.” LMN- Sharon: Most famous singers of your caliber just don’t have the soul you can deliver, it’s like they are all technique and no feeling. Your voice is usually so powerful and bluesy yet you do such a great job of delivering this song in a country pop style, why the big change? SJ- “We all agreed the vocals should not jump right out and slap you in the face like most of our other stuff. After all it was already a gigantic hit so there’s nothing to prove. We just decided to let the song do the work. I’m really not a pop singer anyhow but I am “country” at heart.” LMN-Jerry: Was it difficult to make the switch from your rock and metal music roots to country? JL-”For me it did take some adjusting. This song is rooted in acoustic rock, that is not my normal thing. As for Sharon’s vocal, we usually try to take the twang out of her voice but this time we just left it in and like she said she is “country” at heart. Her mother’s maiden name was Jordan and her father’s last name is Jordan, It don’t get no more country than that !” LMN-Jerry: This song is not americana or traditional country, it has a great driving feel to it. How did you accomplish that? JL-” Lots of tambourines. More cowbell! (laughs) No really the pedal steel guitar, piano and acoustic guitar do all the driving. The drums and bass just lay down a solid groove and of course I could not resist playing a few of my signature lead guitar licks.” LMN-Sharon : What are your expectations for this new single? SJ-”Heavy main stream and college radio airplay! PLEASE!” LMN-In my humble opinion “Dreams” by “Eve’s Burden” is a no-brainer radio hit for both pop and modern country radio stations to add to their playlist!
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Good luck guys and great Job! “Eve’s Burden” features… Sharon Jordan on Vocals, Jerry Leal on guitar, Rik Willmitch on bass, Joel Solis on drums and Zack Kircorian on Keys “Dreams” features Jordan Rosen on pedal steel guitar with Scott Abels on percussion. Lucky Daye of “Lucky’s New Music Blog”
Eve’s Burden comes off like a vehicle for the band’s vocalist, Sharon Jordan. Jordan sure doesn't sing like a white girl, however, and that’s a wonderful thing. Instead, this diva – and yes, she’s earned that queenly title – belts it out like a gospel choir soloist on all of these mostly-funky tunes.
In addition to Jordan, this group consists of Jerry Leal on guitar, Joel Solis on drums, Rik Willmitch on bass, and Zack Krikorian on keyboards. The Black Letter is overflowing with a bunch of music, at a full 16 songs long. Most of these tunes are funky in a New Orleans way. Strangely, however, the tone of this disc takes a radical detour about half way through with "The Fame Game," which is a tight, pop-rock tune about making it in the entertainment business. To make its point, the band even inserts crowd cheering noises at key points. Then the very next song, "Windows of Heaven," introduces us to Eve’s Burden’s quieter side. With its spiritual lyric, Jordan sings about desiring heaven on earth in hopes of making our world a better place to live in. Jordan has another go at a ballad with "Still Learnin’ Love" as well.
The Black Letter was produced by Saint Charles Thurman and Jerry Leal, and these gentlemen deserve kudos for the job they’ve done. This isn’t any ordinary CD; its stylistic reach is astounding at times. But Jordan’s singing is the glue that holds this diverse collection of styles together.
Lyrically, Eve’s Burden is at its best whenever sticking to reality-based songs, such as "Love Keeps Me Hanging On," which speaks of how the power of love can get us through even the toughest times. But on "Black Lightning," where Jordan sings a lyric that is infused with fantasy elements, the music starts to veer toward progressive rock. And progressive rock is a poor vehicle for Jordan’s great soul singing.
This is a selfish request, I know, but I’d love to hear Jordan and Eve’s Burden on a set of straight soul songs. When I listen to Jordan, I want to feel, not think, if you know what I mean. In the meantime, this is the sort of recording where you may well want to pick and choose its simpler, better tracks, put these on your MP3 player, and just groove to them.