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The Times
  • 'Insightful lyricist' Jason Myles Goss' releases new album

  • The tousled-haired singer-songwriter from Hopedale, Mass., might not have hopped a freight train through the Dust Bowl. But he made his solitary way to New York City, where he’s spent several years playing coffeehouses and colleges, dive bars and folk festivals, learning to write and sing his own kind of music the hard, honest way.

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  • Like troubadours from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, JasonMyles Goss packed his bags, pulled up his roots and hit the road.
    The tousled-haired singer-songwriter from Hopedale, Mass., might not have hopped a freight train through the Dust Bowl. But he made his solitary way to New York City, where he’s spent several years playing coffeehouses and colleges, dive bars and folk festivals, learning to write and sing his own kind of music the hard, honest way.
    Since 2003, not long after graduating from college, Goss has released three albums of his own songs, earning a reputation as an insightful lyricist willing to open his veins and guts to find the truth and then sing about it in a voice as raw as cheap whiskey and as soothing as honey.
    “Things have been mostly as I’d thought they would. Lots of hard work and slow and steady progress,’’ he said from his apartment in Green Point, a working-class Polish and Eastern European neighborhood in North Brooklyn, N.Y. “I’m not looking to get famous. I’m not looking for any shortcuts.’’
    On Sunday, June 17, Goss will release his fourth and most ambitious CD, “Radio Dial."
    Over the next several weeks, Goss will tour the Northeast with stops in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Later, he expects to play shows in Tennessee, Texas and on the West Coast.
    Goss described his new CD as a “big, personal, scrappy sounding record’’ with 13 tracks that draw upon “growing up in a small town like Hopedale.’’
    “Radio Dial’’ was self-produced and recorded with some band mates of Josh Ritter, an acclaimed singer-songwriter.
    For his self-produced CD, Goss enlisted guitarist Austin Nevins and keyboardist Sam Kassirer who regularly play on Ritter’s Royal City Band and David Dawda on bass and Joel Arnow on drums.
    In songs like “Into The Night’’ and “Keep Your Love WithMe,’’ Goss creates visual poems about struggling to find a place to call his own and “create light from darkness … and fight for the things you love.’’
    As a lyricist, Goss fuses the narrative energy of Bruce Springsteen with the self-mythologizing imagery of Bob Dylan. In “Into The Night,’’ he writes: “I was hiding out, inside your doorway on the day I was born/ Trying to keep away from the morning light / … How could I ever know what mysteries were meant for me / Or what was underneath the bright lights I tried so hard to see.’’
    Goss called “Radio Dial’’ a record “about growing up, about learning how to take your lumps and realizing that the world is a beautiful place full of painful and magical things that will always be bigger than your heart’s ability to decipher them.’’
    Page 2 of 2 - Matt Smith, managing director of Passim, described Goss as “a captivating performer who really gives it all on stage.’’
    “I’ve followed Jason’s career for six or seven years now since he first came in singing open mics. He’s got the rootsy, Americana sound of John Hiatt, John Mellencamp, Springsteen and Tom Petty. He’s really grown into quite a clever lyricist, a really smart songwriter,’’ he said.
    Award-winning photographer Doug Seymour said he’s seen Goss “grow and mature as a songwriter and performer’’ over the last five years when he’s covered his performances for Paste Magazine and PollstarMagazine.
    “Jason has a warm, inviting voice that can be both intimate and powerful. On stage, he strikes audiences as a genuine person, a great storyteller. They think, ‘This is someone I want to be friends with,’ ‘’ he said.
    The Philadelphia-based photographer said he’s heard Goss perform songs from “Radio Dial’’ and he considers it “a magnificent album from beginning to end.’’
    “It’s definitely Jason’s strongest album,’’ said Seymour. “He takes listeners on a poetic, visual journey. I think listeners will be thoroughly entertained.’’
    Ten years out of college with four albums behind him, Goss said “I still feel like I’m learning but music is the thing I love to do.’’
    “Maybe it’s a little less idyllic than it used to be. I see now there’s more grays than black-and-whites,’’ he said. “But whenever I get that first glimpse of a song, the words spark off and you’ve got to chase them wherever they take you.
    When you get it right, it makes your hair stand up and it’s magic.’’
    To learn about JasonMyles Goss, visit www.jasonmylesgoss.com, www.facebook.com/jasonmylesgoss or www.twitter.com/jasonmylesgoss.
    Goss described his new CD as a “big, personal, scrappy sounding record’’ with 13 tracks that draw upon “growing up in a small town like Hopedale.’’

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