Jason Loughlin’s creative guitar playing has supported artists such as Amos Lee, Rachael Yamagata, James Burton, Lesley Gore, Nellie McKay, and Mike Viola. With the release of his debut album, Peach Crate, Loughlin steps out of the sideman role to prove that he is a formidable front man in his own right. Drawing upon the rich musical roots--the moods and memories--of his childhood days in Florida, Loughlin’s debut record pays homage to many of his guitar heroes- players like Jimmy Bryant, Hank Garland, Danny Gatton and Les Paul--and to the days when the guitar records they made reigned supreme on the airwaves. Throughout Peach Crate, you can hear the sounds of the old rural South and almost see the scenes of swampland and beaches, horse farms and dirt roads, drifting through as the record spins.
Each track on the album conjures moods through carefully crafted compositions. The title track “Peach Crate,” which features Loughlin on lap steel guitar, cascades effortlessly like a breeze through an orchard. When “Whoopsie Daisy” kicks in, there’s no doubt this is a showpiece, complete with an orchestrated solo that pays tribute to Les Paul’s multi-tracking prowess. The record invokes a surprising range of moods and landscapes, none more than “Steep Grade”. This lumbering Truckerbilly tune sounds like ghost-driven semi rolling down Route 66. Humor and darkness are battling it out on Peach Crate for our benefit.