Throughout the course of 2020, Jerry Castle has emerged from being acclaimed by those in the know to become a hot tip throughout the international Americana community. The tracks that have previewed the release of his third album ‘Midnight Testaments’ have resulted in the most substantial media attention and streaming stats of his career to date.
Today, Jerry shares his new album which revisits and revitalizes his sound that helped launch his solo career, featuring previous releases ‘Make Do’, ’Tequila & Tears’, ‘Calm’, ‘Stars Align’ and the new track ‘Worried Man’.
Produced by Jerry, and mixed by Craig Alvin (Kacey Musgraves), Jim Cooley (Luke Combs, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson), Warren Riker (The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Santanta) and Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift, Hailey Whitters, Chase Rice). ‘Midnight Testaments’ presents music for all moods. From the happy to the heartbroken, equally suited to soundtracking afternoons on the highway or last orders at the bar. And stylistically, Jerry darts between lanes at will, from booze-soaked Americana, to soulful southern rock, rootsy country and anthemic heartland rock. It’s a vision that’s entirely his, and one that’s setting him up for a well-deserved breakthrough.
It’s also a record informed by his surroundings. It finds him revisiting the pedal steel guitar and soul music that resonated throughout his roots in the Appalachian Mountains. It was recorded at Trace Horse Studio in Nashville: Music City of course being not only the spiritual home of the music that Jerry excels at, but also a place with a like-minded community of world class musicians. The songs were all written in a tumultuous time in his life, during which he fell in love, got married, mourned the death of close friends and reflected on his life’s journey.
Jerry explains, “The thing I’m proudest about on “Midnight Testaments” is that we were able to cover a lot of stylist ground, while still having a cohesive sound that makes total sense. The songs all have a life of their own and I don’t feel like there’s a single “filler” song on the album”.
Castle isn’t one for looking back, but his back story gives a flavour for where he’s now at. Raised in rural Virginia, his music has taken him to living in Los Angeles and working as a songwriter in the heart of Nashville. He has released critically acclaimed independent albums and played thousands of shows.
Highlights include a five-week run at the top of the Roots Music Folk Rock Charts with his single ‘She Kills’, plus praise from Rolling Stone, who described his 2018 track ‘Lil Bit’ as “one of the most instantly catchy – and danceable – songs about being pissed off this year.” That set the foundations for ‘Midnight Testaments’ to elevate Jerry Castle to the next level.
The tracklisting is:
- Tequila and Tears
- Make Do
- Stars Align
- Pick Up Your Guitar
- Take The Lead
- Write My Own Ending
- Worried Man
- Good and Bad (&Weird & Good)