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J.Tex and The Volunteers is a traveling trio, made up of artist, sailors, surfers, writers, painters and farmers, taking journey to many a city and town, for there they turn musician… playing their instruments and telling their stories in song. These nomads enjoy a nice whisky, coffee, smoke, conversation and Improvising on their instruments while playing home crafted songs. Cooking up food for thought over the open fire. With their stylistic flexibility, swing, rhythm and rock steady roots music, they offer the listener a new musical experience. This is good old fashion entertainment but with a twist, a new take on an old thing. Its comfortable and familiar like a gin and tonic but with an extra shoot and a taller glass.
J.Tex: Banjo, Guitar, Violin, Lead Vocal
Ida Hvid: Upright Bass, Vocal
Jason Bedard: Drums, Vocal
Singer/Songwriter J.Tex was born in Detroit, Michigan – growing up in Denmark. Playing instruments from the age of 6.
Playing for a living on the roads of Europe, mainly in Italy and France in the early 90´ties.
The inspiration is clearly from the great vide open, “Dustville”America, but don’t get it wrong – J.Tex is truly an urban cowboy and at the age of 20 he went back to the States to search for his musical roots. J. Tex started out his journey in Nashville, Tennessee with a guitar in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, he traveled all over the South.
After a few months of doing odd jobs, he found himself on a long journey through the back roads of the South.
He had a great companion and mentor in the fire-burning carnival painter and artist “the one legged man” John Heiner.
This trip was a lifetime experience for J.Tex – learning the trade of art, and living the wild life on the road. When traveling long hours up and down interstate highway 75, he always found the time for writing songs when jamming with old-timers, and everyday Americans.
5. “House on the Hill” is the title of J-Tex and the Volunteers´ new album, released by Heptown Records on the 29th of October 2012. Behind the minimalist cover are 12 strong songs that show the band in a new and developed stage.The music is firmly rooted in American music but with a twist; a new take on a classic sound. The instrumentation is explorative and varied with a broad range of influences with a little bit of something for everyone. J-Tex and the Volunteers are still one of Denmark´s strongest, swinging and true roots music bands.
Without loosing its grounding in the tradition of American folk music, J-Tex and the Volunteers have with “House on the Hill” created a more inclusive and diverse album. “House on the Hill” is made of six home crafted songs written by J-Tex, as well as interpretations of Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and “Little feat.” Enjoy!
4. Album “Merry Christmas” 2011 is a true Christmas Single album. The A side contains ”Santa Comes `round” and is a tribute to the sweet, gentle tradition of Christmas songs from 50íes all the way to our present time. It’s meant as a tribute to a tradition of happiness, forgiveness, hope and a wish for a better world for everyone
3. Album “Misery” released Sep. 2009 in Denmark and Sweden.
This Album is mainly a solo album, recorded in an old schoolhouse just outside Lund, Sweden.
These twelve songs were recorded in three days, mostly self-penned, and will bring you to America within some seconds and make you feel freedom and adventure
2. Album “One of these Days” released March 2008 in Denmark and Sweden.
On this record he collaborates with female Texan vocalist Lynda Kay Parker. For the most part the record has a very country flavor to it with a bit Dylan thrown in at times (That’s what you want). “One of these Days” will remind you of Tom Waits for sure.
1. Album 2006 “Lost Between Clouds Of Tumbleweed And Space”is an album that both contains crocked up-tempo tunes, ballads with loads of intense longing, and small glimpses of long forgotten times.
The songs on the album is with few exceptions all written by J.Tex and the inspiration is a wonderful mix of his own experiences, strange stories and odd little snapshots from his travels in America.
Jan. 20. 2007 J.Tex was nominated a Danish Music Award for best Country album of the year with this Album
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