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ReviewShine Wednesday: Sad Iron Music

Posted in Sad Iron Music on May 19, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.”
Today we look at a band out of Iowa City, IA called Sad Iron Music. This self-titled effort is the first release for Sad Iron Music, but the key player here is hardly a newcomer. Jason T. Lewis is the primary creative force behind the band and may be a familiar face to some. Prior to Sad Iron Music, Lewis fronted the New York based group Star City… a group No Depression once called, “the best alt-country band you’ve never heard of.” That project ended in 2002. Lewis made a record with Jay Bennett in 2003 but has been mostly away from music since.

During that time, Lewis became a writer of fiction instead of songs (he’s penned a novel & a short story collection), but music stayed in the back of his head. After spending some time back in hometown in West Virginia, he moved to Iowa to become a student at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. After completing his classes there, Lewis began to record projects for some of his friends in his basement studio. It was only a matter of time before Lewis recorded something new himself.
The results of that inevitability are on display in the ten-tracks on this album. The opening track, “Ice Blue Eyes” gives a pretty solid indication of what the album is. It’s a slower, country tinged number with a simple arrangement and subtle touches of keys and harmonies. The formula works through much of the rest of the album as well on tunes like “El Senor” and “Shakespeare’s Daughter.” At their best, Sad Iron Music may remind you of The Mavericks quieter moments. It’s a nice, mellow sound worth checking out.
Sad Iron Music: Ice Blue Eyes (Buy Album)