Jeremy Ivey – The Dream and The Dreamer (album review)

by Woody on September 16, 2019

Photo Credit: Ramon Felix

I often get asked how the hell did you get your wife to marry you? I clearly outkicked the coverage when marrying my wife. I’m not suggesting that’s the case with Jeremy Ivey and Margo Price. But I can empathize with him as steps out of the proverbial shadows to release his solo debut LP.

Any thought that he was riding the coattails of his wife’s career will go right out the window after one spin of his debut. Ivey certainly knows his way around a melody, write great lyrics and has the vocal chops to put those lyrics to great affect. At the age of 41, Ivey has a warm weathered voice that feels good pumping into your earholes.

Inspired by Dylan, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, Ivey’s nine tracks fit the bill for a later afternoon in the backyard. The album opens with Diamonds Back to Coal, sort of a call to arms on what we’re doing to our land. Ivey’s voice is almost pleading at points, which feels apt with our current state. Margo, who produced the album, joins her hubby for a lovely duet on Greyhound. The road weary tune kicks off a Shovels & Rope feel to it. The album closes on the lovely title track, a piano driven track that takes you home.

Ivey is touring with Ian Noe, him of his own excellent solo LP. That’s a show worth seeing.

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Seda September 17, 2019 at 12:10 am

It’s similar to Alex Julick.

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