Jared Tyler’s new release Blue Alleluia on Walking Liberty Records is a fine mixture of roots/Cajun/new-grass and the new urban sounds of hip-hop. With a voice that is parts Aaron Neville the sultry side of Stevie Wonder and that Southern white-boy twang, Jared brings his own soul to light with well tuned melodies and smart emotional lyrics. The track “Dancer” especially shows this emotion when Jared sings about a visit to his grandmother’s nursing home and he asks where all the old memories go … it seems we all were something in a life somewhere long ago.
The really ear catching item that has been thrown into this well produced CD (Russ Titelman) is the urban-electronica sounds tastefully added to the traditional dobro/mandolin/banjo tracks. I tend to listen for something beyond the usual in a new CD and you will definitely find it here. The title track “Blue Alleluia” uses the scratching and electronic sounds but also has the acoustic instruments trying hard to imitate them. Head bobbing rhythms and fist shaking lyrics make this a track to download onto your iPod.
Jared Tyler has created a really fine piece of work that flows from track one to eleven and is definitely a keeper for any CD collection.
~ Darryl Gregory
~ Unsigned Underground