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Jeb Cardwell Into The Spotlight

We review Jeb Cardwells album

Jeb Cardwell

Jeb Cardwell

‘My Friend Defiance’

Out Now

By Rob Dickens

Jeb Cardwell goes front and centre, emerging with grace and class from a career just out of the spotlight.

Hard to believe but this is Cardwell’s debut album.  My Friend Defiance (via Blind Date Records) contains plenty of attractive facets – swampy Southern blues, menacing riffs, George Harrison-like guitar tones and lyrics awash with fervent feelings and questions. He’s enlisted some top talent as well – Kasey Chambers and the Wolfgramm Sisters on backing vocals, Butch Norton (Eels, Lucinda Williams) on percussion, Roger Bergodaz on drums and Brendan McMahon on keyboards. In addition, producers Cardwell, Bergodaz and Tim McCormack have crafted a rich and enviable sound here.

After spending a lifetime in multiple bands and as a recording sideman for a diverse range of artists including Chris Altman (Que Paso), Chambers (Wreck & Ruin), Van Walker (Celestial Railroads) and his sister Triple-J Unearthed winner Abbie Cardwell, Jeb set out in 2017 to pursue a solo career.  After a three year period of writing, recording, re-writing and re-recording, My Friend Defiance is a memorable achievement.

“I intended to release this record at the beginning of 2020 but then the world pandemic occurred so, I decided to wait until 2021. During that time I chose to add a little more production which I feel brought the songs to their full maturity.” – Jeb Carwell

The album’s opening song “Self Doubt” (with Kasey Chambers):

About Jeb Cardwell

A two-time winner of the SAMIA (South Australian Music Industry) award for ‘Most Outstanding Guitarist’, Jeb is also an accomplished songwriter collaborating with his sister Abbie to co-write “Anchored” which won them the American BMI Songwriting Competition.

Jeb has performed live extensively throughout his career and has opened for artists such as Tony Joe White and Steve Earle. In 2012 Aria award winners Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson asked Jeb to play on their iconic album Wreck & Ruin and tour the album nationally with them. He still tours with Kasey on guitar, square-neck dobro and banjo as well as a side man to many other great artists.

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