Jay Byham’s self-titled five track solo debut EP is so superb that listeners are going to wish it was a full-length effort. Or make that a double album!
Hailing from Meadville, Pennsylvania, the singer, songwriter and guitarist brought a few friends on board to record Jay Byham. There’s Steve Butler on lead guitar and keyboards – who also co-authored the material with Jay – while Greg Maragos handles bass and David Uosikkinen occupies the drum seat.
Affecting a lilting British accent uniform to both George Harrison and Al Stewart, Jay articulates each and every song on the EP in a clear and concise manner. As well, crisp, compact and razor sharp arrangements and instrumentation rest in perfect accord with Jay’s illuminated vocals.
A profound look at the concept of time, Tick Tock is bundled in warm and bright textures, surrounded by jingling chords and biting drum patterns, crowned with a cool bluesy guitar solo. Powered by bold and bracing rhythms, I Can’t Take It Anymore additionally includes a slightly psychedelic break, followed by some killer guitar action, where Just A Matter Of Time, further files in as a hooky and harmonious energetic rocker. Strains of country folk, pricked with a run of bluesy licks, represent Figure It Out As We Go, and The Only One is a lovely mid-tempo ballad attired in smooth and sparkly melodies.
No muss, no fuss, Jay Byham is all about pure and practical pop rock songs, played straight from the heart and gut. Jay really has a good thing going, so expect to hear more from this tremendously talented fellow in the very near future.