Listening to the third solo release from guitarist, singer, and songwriter Doug Wamble, it is hard to believe that the Tennessee-bred musician was ever a jazz purist. The ten original songs on Doug Wamble, plus a closing cover version of Fiona Apple's I Know, blend a bounty of soul, gospel, blues, R&B, country, pop, and folk inspirations into a deeply personal and original sound. But the Doug Wamble of 15 years ago might not have approved these eclectic manifestations of the musical muse.
If my 22-year-old self heard this album, he'd have been horrified,says Wamble, now 37 and living in the Bronx. I was very dogmatic, he recalls. It had to be X, Y, and Z or it's not jazz. It's good to go through that. It really disciplined me and gave me so much drive, but it's not the way to live your whole life. I love a lot of music other than jazz. I'm a huge fan of Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Wilco. I love what these great songwriters do. So this album is all about finding a way to present these songs I've been writing over the last couple of years.