Mexican Coke by Denney and The Jets on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Nashville’s Chris Denney is a wild man with a tender streak, and his first full-length album is largely a tribute to his hard-partying ways. Recorded and mixed in five days at the Bomb Shelter in East Nashville on two-inch tape by Andrija Tokic (who produced The Alabama Shakes’ Boys and Girls), Mexican Coke has a raw, honest old-time rock ’n’ roll sound that captures the synergy between drummer Evan Scala and bassist Joey Scala with no hint of studio gloss. It lends authenticity to tales such as “Water to Wine,” “Broke,” “Hooked,” and “Pain Pills,” where Scott Cotton’s lead guitar is often the one instrument mimicking the wild-side behavior spoken of in the lyrics. Not that the music is always going for broke. “Mama’s Got the Blues” lumbers at a deliberate pace. “Pain Pills” falls off the country-western wagon. “Darlin’” and “Alabama Man” tell of his troubles with women with a degree of tenderness. “Runnin’ Through the Woods” centers on piano and acoustic guitar for the sound of The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., crawling to a close.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nashville’s Chris Denney is a wild man with a tender streak, and his first full-length album is largely a tribute to his hard-partying ways. Recorded and mixed in five days at the Bomb Shelter in East Nashville on two-inch tape by Andrija Tokic (who produced The Alabama Shakes’ Boys and Girls), Mexican Coke has a raw, honest old-time rock ’n’ roll sound that captures the synergy between drummer Evan Scala and bassist Joey Scala with no hint of studio gloss. It lends authenticity to tales such as “Water to Wine,” “Broke,” “Hooked,” and “Pain Pills,” where Scott Cotton’s lead guitar is often the one instrument mimicking the wild-side behavior spoken of in the lyrics. Not that the music is always going for broke. “Mama’s Got the Blues” lumbers at a deliberate pace. “Pain Pills” falls off the country-western wagon. “Darlin’” and “Alabama Man” tell of his troubles with women with a degree of tenderness. “Runnin’ Through the Woods” centers on piano and acoustic guitar for the sound of The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., crawling to a close.

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About Denney and The Jets

Playing raw rock & roll boogie with undercurrents of blues and country and lyrics that spin tales of debauched good times, Denney and the Jets are the creation of singer and guitarist Chris Denney, who was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and claims to have developed an impressive appetite for tobacco, marijuana, and pain pills (the latter swiped from his grandmother) by the time he was 13 years old. In 2008, Denney began turning the stories of his wild life into songs, and in 2009 he formed the first edition of Denney and the Jets, recruiting Wes Traylor on bass, Jake Orrall on guitar, and Jamin Orrall on drums. Soon Traylor left to work with other bands, most notably Natural Child, and the Orrall brothers moved on to their group JEFF the Brotherhood, so Denney assembled a new edition of the Jets, with Joey Scala on bass and vocals, Joey's brother Evan Scala on drums, and Sean Cotton on lead guitar and vocals. (Daniel Pujol, later of Pujol, was also briefly a member of the group.) JEFF the Brotherhood's label Infinity Cat Records issued a limited-edition cassette and a 7" single from Denney and the Jets before the band partnered with Limited Fanfare Records to release a self-titled EP in 2012. In 2014, Denney and the Jets found a new home at Burger Records, and released their first full-length album, Mexican Coke, which featured keyboard and sax work from Ric Alessio. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2009

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