THE MERRY JAYNZ
“Set Me Free” single
Review by Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. www.mikeocull.com
The Merry Jaynz is a rock/blues/psychedelic/electric/acoustic band based in South Knoxville, Tennessee that has been able to forge new music inspired by familiar influences. Led by guitarist/bassist/vocalist/songwriter Tom Smith and bassist Susan Smith, the Jaynz put a whole new spin on straight-up rock and roll, bending and twisting it to the group’s collective will. The Smiths are one of the most unique couples in the current underground music scene and are never afraid of traveling on a more artistic path than most.
A new Merry Jaynz single has recently hit the streets and that is always a good thing. The track is called “Set Me Free” and is an acoustic hippie blues with slightly psychedelic overtones about love gone wrong, like, really wrong, and the lowdown no-good woman behind the singer’s suffering. It’s a quieter statement than the Jaynz usually make but that just makes it more fun to lean in and listen. The lyrics describe a “wicked witch” only “after my money” who is just about due for a karmic payback for evil deeds done in the name of “love.” Tom channels some Robert Johnson vibes on the guitar but doesn’t follow the typical blues structure, which does much to keep things interesting. Overall, “Set Me Free” is real and raw American music and makes a fine alternative to the plastic pop in which the world seems to be drowning. Good stuff.
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