On New Shadows, the latest offering from Jerry David DeCicca, the always astonishing Texas troubadour shares what may be his most personal, internal reflections yet in a glorious left-turn of large, outward production. DeCicca’s dark, romantic, and existential ruminations are both disrupted and beautifully augmented by fat, slinky synths and drum machine beats, horns alternately dour and uplifting, and even the occasional auto tune.
As usual, Jerry David DeCicca finds a kind of holiness in simplicity, reveling in the beauty of the everyday— family, country cookies, grape jelly, black coffee, wide open horizons. “There’s less darkness than there’s light/even when I’ve lost my way.”
Our guest this week is Jerry David DeCicca. Perhaps you know him best from Black Swans, or maybe some of the great albums he’s produced by so called “outsider” songwriters like Ed Askew, Larry Jon Wilson, and Chris Gantry, among others. Since 2014, he’s been putting out great records under his own name. His latest is called The Unlikely Optimist And His Domestic Adventures. Jerry describes it as “an anti-Hallmark ode to positivity.” Who couldn’t use some positivity this year? In advance of its release on October 16th, Aquarium Drunkard correspondent Chad DePasquale joined Jerry to discuss Texas, his pets and social services work, and of course, Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways, which JDD idiosyncratically reviewed for Aquarium Drunkard.
June 14th marked the return of Bill Callahan, via his latest record — the double lp, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. One of our favorite listens this year, we asked singer/songwriter Jerry David DeCicca to catch up with the artist on our behalf as they embarked a short west coast tour together. Their conversation, below …
Songwriter Jerry David DeCicca has never been shy when it comes to Bruce Springsteen. Whether that means discussing the artist’s work through the lens of mental health care or offering up a fine rendition of the Boss balled “If I Should Fall Behind” for Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions series, DeCicca’s Springsteen fandom runs deep.
Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Jerry David DeCicca is no stranger to […]
Earlier this year, Texas songwriter Jerry David DeCicca released his second solo album, Time the Teacher . A jazzy excursion into cosmic country soul, it paired intimate words — about watermelons, rivers, […]
Welcome to the February (just under the wire) installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast, a series of interviews and audio esoterica from Aquarium Drunkard. We’ve got an introspective episode for […]
“Watermelon,” the second track on Jerry David DeCicca’s Time the Teacher, is an ode to – you guessed it – watermelons. With an almost nursery-rhyme like cadence and gentle backing […]
Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. On the heels of his debut solo […]
On the back of Jerry David DeCicca’s Understanding Land , his first solo record after fronting folk combo The Black Swans for a decade, the songwriter describes a hike with Massachusetts naturalist […]