JR Redford’s “Somewhere Between” is a distant echo to some of the most prominent sounds of nineties grunge and pop rock. Imagine Kurt Cobain and John Mayer sharing a cigarette, passing a guitar. The first single off his upcoming album Promises, “Somewhere Between” was written about JR’s experience with loving someone who was falling out of love with him, but it has now taken on a whole new meaning. A for hire musician who spends 30-40 hours a week gigging on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, JR explains “Now, I am somewhere between the artist I moved here to be and the for hire musician I became. I was never sure if I really had what it took to be an artist professionally, but I am ready to move past that now.”
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, this guitar slinging singer/songwriter knows what note to play next. Whether you like screaming guitars, or the soft heart-felt song, JR dives into numerous styles throughout his upcoming album. JR’s raw vocal style over a bed of ambience, guitars and edgy songwriting make him hard to miss among the familiar contemporary styles of 2019. JR Redford, (guitar, vocals, composer) Cody Waggett (drums) and Matt Williamson (bass guitar) formed the studio band with the goal to record 10 songs JR had written over his years spending late nights on the stages of Broadway. After months of rehearsal, the group set out for the Smokey Mountains where they set up a remote recording rig in a large log cabin. And thus, Promises, JR’s debut album, was born.
Though he’s new to the world of being an artist, JR is no stranger to being a professional musician. He has played thousands of gigs spanning every genre on electric guitar in the bars of lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. And though it might have been tough at times, he never forgot why he started playing music: to convey a genuine and honest message to listeners, both musically and lyrically. And this album does just that. With influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix all the way to Radiohead and Wilco, JR’s songs draw in and hold the attention of the listener in a way few do.