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Checking In to the Midnight Motel

It’s here y’all.  Midnight Motel, the new album from Jack Ingram is now available!  YAY!!

And I know I’m not the only one whose happy to have new product from Jack…2009 was the last time we had a studio album from him when he released Big Dreams and High Hopes.

Jack told Billboard that there will probably be some fans who won’t like his new stuff and that’s fine with him. But he said he needed to do something different.

“I’m OK with some people hating my records,” he said freely. “I hate some Willie Nelson records. I hate Jack Ingram w guitarsome Neil Young records. I hate some Bruce Springsteen records. I love them because they are willing to fail. They are willing to put a record out that is true to their vision of who they are. To me, that’s what being an artist is. It’s being ballsy enough to say, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to do what is right for my art.’”

With a new album and tour on the horizon, Ingram knows that he has answered the questions about the past seven years, but he jokes that he knows it will still come up for a while. He’s ready.

“I know everyone asks, ‘What happened to Jack Ingram?’ I’ve seen that all over online. I read those things all the time, and it doesn’t hurt my feelings, because I know it’s the reality of it. I’ve been busy writing songs, raising kids, and making records, so I mean, I haven’t been sitting still, but as far as real exposure for what I’m doing and having something new to talk about, it’s been a while. I just wanted to reach inside the Internet and say, ‘Hey, y’all, I’m right here. I haven’t gone anywhere. I’m just taking care of my sh–.’ It also feels great to have a record that I don’t have to truly explain. People are going to take what they are going to take from it. I think it’s going to be ultimately what the music says. That’s a new part of my career. I have never felt like that before. I just want to get out there, go play and say, ‘Here’s my record. Here’s a show. We have an experience together — one that you can’t download. You can’t do this without me, and I can’t do this without you. Nobody can have this experience alone.’ I can go out and play music for you, and if I do my job, it’s going to make you feel something that you don’t feel anywhere else in your life. If I’m right, then we’ll move on to the next thing.”

In making Midnight Motel, Ingram made a “handshake deal” with himself — “Don’t write a song / That you wouldn’t sing” — and he stuck to it.  “I started thinking about what I would play for my heroes,” he notes. “If I was in heaven with Guy Clark and Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, what would I play for them?”

I know I’m ready to hear Midnight Motel…are you?  Order it HERE NOW!

1 Comment on Checking In to the Midnight Motel

  1. That last sentence makes me very happy as a fan of Jack’s and music in general. That’s the question more artists should ask. If you were to play songs for your heroes, what would you play for them? Would you play Cash some “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”? You don’t have to pander to them and redo what they did, but you take what they did and build upon it and make it you. I think Jack has done a very good job of taking songs that would make Guy Clark very happy.

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