If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we’re big fans of Corpus Christi native Jake Ward! Between numerous successful singles (current single “Restless” hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report a few weeks ago), a killer debut album, and 11K+ monthly Spotify listeners, I think it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones who have noticed this rising up-and-comer.
With some solid momentum under his belt, Ward is looking to keep the buzz going with his upcoming EP “Not Too Far to Reach”! Recorded at Sound Machine Studios with Mason Shirley, the 4-track project kicks off with the scenically-descriptive “Where the Wind Blows”. We love the way the song opens with pure southern fiddle, and rolls into the somber verses. The punch of the chorus perfectly portrays the chaotic beauty of wild hearts and the people they leave behind.
Track #2, “Freight Train” picks up the tempo and offers an energetic and more modern sound. We dig the way the upbeat music exudes the rush, uncertainty and excitement of the beginning stages of a relationship!
The third track, “Not Too Far to Reach” (Davis Corley, Mark Chandler, Jake Ward) is our *PICK* of the album! The gently rolling music provides the background for Ward to paint the analogous picture of the beauty of the one he loves and the serene Texas landscape. His sweeping lyrics construct a rich and engrossing depiction for the listener and offer a track full of tranquility and refreshment. We could listen to this one all day!
The EP concludes with the departing sentiments of “I’m Leaving”. A medley of frustration, resentment, and the escape from it, Ward dives into a topic many of us are all too familiar with: getting out of our hometown. Whether it’s because of a troubled relationship, family, or to chase our dreams, often there’s a better place than our hometown that awaits us; but it’s obviously easier said than done to actually make the jump. The tracks hits on the relatable feeling of being stuck, but finally mustering up the strength to do something about it!
Overall, we’re impressed by the evolution and maturity of Ward’s sound. You can see the growth in his songwriting and we anticipate the EP opening up even more doors for this rising artist! Great voice, youthful energy, and an emerging songwriter, what’s not to like?
The EP drops tomorrow (10/13), and we encourage you to get your hands on it; in the meantime take a listen to our *PICK* of the album, “Not Too Far to Reach”, below and let us know what you think!
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.