Jack Sledge, a New Orleans-based singer songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, is ready to free your soul. A Gulf Coast rock & roller, his sound draws heavily from roots music giants such as Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, and The Band. His upcoming release, Notes of a Drifter, considers escapism with euphonic recklessness.
On Notes of a Drifter, Jack Sledge brandishes his wild energy and lush vocals to dizzying effect. His most recent release since 2018’s Hardly Ruined, Notes of a Drifter flaunts Sledge’s soaring lyricism, gritty storytelling, honeyed vocals, and devilish guitar playing. The four song EP leverages the cultural dissonance of Sledge’s childhood spent in 90s Brooklyn with Oklahoman parents to produce a distinctly American sound. On pop-suffused Americana and rock tracks, Sledge’s voice swings from a tender, crooning falsetto to a spirited, forceful growl. He plays guitar with diabolical drive and hard-up abandon. With some tinkling piano and redemptive organ, Notes of a Drifter brings mellifluous dexterity to the haggard yowl and yip of desperation. He weaves together the bravado of hip-hop, the swagger of rock & roll, the saccharine joy of 60s girl groups, and the trance-like jangle of folk music to share the stories of Americans seeking escape. Whether they be a drifter navigating a bewitching western odyssey, an ex-con facing his murderous past, or urban millennials suffering malaise, Sledge’s characters and narrators ultimately ask listeners what constitutes freedom. Freedom from place, past, and, very often, self.
After four years in the Northeast with psych pop trio, Museyroom, Sledge returned to New Orleans in 2017. Notes of a Drifter is his third solo release. Expect a full length album in the fall of 2020.