“I hear myself singing “if only for a moment, if only for a moment more” quite a bit now. In my opinion, the best song on the album is “Smoke” (where that lyric comes from). Willden has a fantastic voice that puts to mind Amos Lee (think album “Last Days at the Lodge”). In these four songs, Jimmy Willden Band has certainly put together a fantastic indie release that only dissatisfies in the fact that there are only four songs. I can’t wait to hear more.”
“Jimmy Willden (rock, singer. songwriter) Jimmy Willden is not the kind of artist who is comfortable with the idea of playing it safe. His arresting brand of rock lies somewhere between the world-weary angst of Jackson Browne and the edgy restlessness of the Foo Fighters. Willden, who plays regularly at Corpus Christi’s House of Rock, just unveiled his new album, Melodies of the Aftermath. this past December. Since then, the singer and his band have been playing various shows while Willden continues to write even more new songs. Highlights of his show include the lyrically complex acoustic ballad “Stay” and the edgier “Falter,” something that this upcoming singer’s career will definitely not do.”
"I can honestly tell you that I have not written a good or decent song while being happy," Willden said with a laugh. "My best songs come out of trials and tribulations and heartache." Despite the fact his best work arises from emotional turmoil, Willden has continued to write songs that are both intensely personal and immediately accessible. His latest release is a special four-song EP entitled "Melodies of the Aftermath" that plays like an aural snapshot of an artist in transition. Citing Ryan Adams and Damien Rice as influences, Willden has convincingly forged a musical identity of his own. Admitting that he is his own worst critic, he surprised himself with the music on his latest project. "The songs track the downward spiral of an ailing relationship," he says. "Usually it takes me some time to write a song, but ‘Smoke' was written in an afternoon, and it is a song that definitely surprised me," Willden admits. "It sort of just came out of nowhere."
"I feel like I've grown and come full circle and am writing songs that say what I want to say," Willden said. "One of the songs ‘Smoke' I feel was a gift given to me. It's a song that transcends me and can speak to everyone."
"For me, everything is susceptible to becoming inspiration for a song. Of course, heartbreak and pain lead to some of the best stuff, but so does the quest for a brief understanding of life, people, God, and the world around us...But I digress: usually it depends on if I've had my coffee."
““Growing up playing music in the area, it’s always been about cover bands, and most venues ask if you play covers when you try to book a show there,” Willden said. “I’m trying to show there’s another option. The songwriting and talent is good, and there’s a lot here that needs to be cultivated.””
“Q: When did you start playing your music publicly? Tell us a little about how that started. A: It was just a natural progression. My dad really got me out there at all the open mics when I was younger. Didn’t matter that I was fourteen and hanging out in bars, it was about getting my music out there.”
“Some of my earliest memories are of me with a make-shift microphone (my Dad made for me), dancing around the house, singing Bruce Springsteen songs. At ten, I became obsessed with the Beach Boys, and would get my cousins together, and arrange original songs, with all of us singing the different vocal parts.”
“Singer-songwriters Jimmy Willden and David Martinez ventured far and West this summer to share their songs with strangers. It was a long journey filled with ups and downs but according to Willden, the trip was far more than just the opportunity to play for new faces.”
“Jimmy Willden, David Martinez and Candice Moore are practioners of an artform that -- while not currently in vogue -- is nonetheless a timeless one. The singer-songwriter strips the essence of a song down to its bare bones: a musician's voice and an accompanying instrument. Fans of the genre will tell you that nothing is as vulnerable as the lone singer sharing a deeply personal tale in the framework of a song that's free from the clutter of modern production. Honesty, it seems to this observer, never lacks an audience.”