Jory Nash / Wilderness Years
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Produced by Jory Nash and Chris Stringer
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
All songs by Jory Nash MAPL/SOCAN
Genre: Folk / Singer-Songwriter
“A great record, truly! Once again he’s managed to meld all his styles and influences into the unmistakable ‘Jory Nash’ sound.”
Mark Michaelis, WGDR Vermont
A singer/songwriter with a strong voice, keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Jory Nash has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary Canadian folk scene.
His latest album, Wilderness Years, continues to display his artistic growth, with 11 new songs that offer a glimpse into the highs and lows of his life over the past few years. On one hand, there’s the joy of finding his soul mate and becoming a father for the first time, while on the other hand there are the ever-increasing challenges of being an independent musician in an industry where the old rules seemingly no longer apply.
The album’s title—as well as its accompanying song “Wilderness”—are a reflection of Nash seriously contemplating putting music aside altogether after more than 20 years and eight previous solo albums to his credit. However, his unquenchable thirst to write and perform remained, and with the help of some notable friends including co-producer Chris Stringer, Oh Susanna, Lori Cullen, guitarist Dean Drouillard, harmonica player Jerome Godboo, cellist Kevin Fox and others, Nash firmly believes he has made his strongest musical statement to date.
“I approached this album as a personal challenge to take these subjects, which are admittedly somewhat heavy, possibly maudlin and potentially navel-gazing in nature, and write songs that have universal appeal,” he says. “The answer was deceptively simple: Write honestly, be personal yet wide in scope, focus on strong, catchy melodies and surround yourself with as many amazing musicians as possible to flesh out the songs.”