Jordan Tice dazzles, as he simplifies, on “Motivational Speakeasy”.

Jordan with Paul Kowert during Hawktail’s 2020 visit to the Parlor Room.

From Mississippi John Hurt to John Hartford, Blind Blake to Norman Blake, Jordan Tice incorporates these influences seamlessly in his new recording, “Motivational Speakeasy”. For a born collaborator, Jordan Tice has created something new; a solo effort, just his voice and Collins acoustic guitar.

Our segment begins with “Tell Me Mama”, a song that conjures up the wry humor of David Bromberg as well as a relaxed yet complex guitar accompaniment. We finish the segment musically with “Walkin” and “Live on the River Till I Die” which channels the likes of John Hartford from his previous release, “Horse County” from 2016. We finish with the instrumental “Bachelorette Party” from the latest release.

Our conversation touches on his musical upbringing in a bluegrass family in Maryland and his Classical and Jazz composition work at Towson State University. Jordan recounts the experience of working in NYC’ s “Shakespeare In the Park” with Steve Martin and Tony Trishka for a performance of “As You Like It”. He also tells us a bout a more recent experience playing as part of Yola’s band for a PBS special at the Ryman.

Of course, we talk about guitar influences and his new batch of songs recorded pre-pandemic last year. All throughout, Jordan portrays a relaxed vibe; comfortable with his latest work. Give the segment a listen.

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