We had to leave Michigan to Jared rosin to find his home. Musically and as a man, he planted roots. Now he feels he is starting to blossom.
The pandemic brought an abrupt stop to musicians who were itching for the stage. Rosin’s program was no different until time began to stretch in some ways. But life came to him quickly with what he calls the best of life. Even if it means growing up a bit.
Earlier this year, Rosin’s group mate at The mixture, Zach Holliday presided over her wedding to his beloved AJ In early June they welcomed Remi Jane into the world and after two weeks in the NICU hospital she joined Davidson’s family home. This child is a fighter with a smirk, just like her father.
“I have always tried very hard to keep a childlike view of my life, which has sometimes been detrimental in certain areas,” he said. “I tried hard not to let him affect these areas and truly become the best version of myself I can be, let alone the best father, husband and friend I can be. While not letting me get too serious and “old”.
Life in Oklahoma can put a lot of people on their heels. It will make a young man grow old in the whisper of a windstorm. Coming from the days of the young rockers of northern Michigan a few years ago, Rosin found his way as wandering troubadours used to live in southwest Oklahoma.
With a baby face protected by a beard, a guitar in his hand, a song in his heart, and his music partner Zach Holliday wearing both acoustic guitars and steel pedals, Rosin made an amazing impression. Introducing himself in late 2019 as Jared Rosin & The Shuffle on the former Today’s Best Soundemonium! radio show co-hosted by yours truly, the pair would record a few classics.
“Natural Light” brought SW Oklahoma’s red earth sensibilities into the singer / songwriter realm to create something more fulfilling than its namesake. It was a great taste, but you definitely wanted more.
What would follow would be the columnist’s 2019 song of the year. With Holliday’s crying pedal steel in the background, Rosin’s brilliant voice projects emotions of hope and fear shrouded in incredible lyrics and flow. It’s called “The Valley,” and I’m proud to report that it was the first unintentional “F-bomb” to appear on the show. But, man, sometimes those words are what really get the point. Check it out for yourself by visiting the online version of the column and clicking on this link and others: https://youtu.be/615gpMy8QHg.
It’s still my song from the last 10 years. Rosin does something that mixes Ryan Adams, Merle Haggard, and Joe Strummer with hardened and formed Oklahoma clay into a special shape.
Remember, though: Rosin knows how to rock. Teamed up with Holliday, the duo know how to create a rave-up. With this next issue, the duo does it with a smile.
The following March, the duo performed at an open mic and in turn performed a song that also debuted on the radio show, “I’ll Blow Up Your Car”. The words of the tongue in the cheek hoisted to the tempo of the music which flutter like a racing heartbeat really make this number land: https://youtu.be/Nlx7F7CE1zY.
Rosin said two new singles are available on all streaming services.
The first, “Coked Out Daddies”, is American storytelling at its best, wrapped in the attributes of a very good modern alternative country song that is hard to hear. Use your ears for yourself: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=WLLgmQ42e-w&feature=share.
“’Coked Out Daddies’ was recorded a few years ago with / by great friends of mine in my home state of Michigan,” said Rosin.
The second song is also the columnist’s 2020 song of the year. Rosin and Holliday were invited to write the song “Little Crime on the Prairie” for the podcast “Redder Dirt: An OK Crimecast” hosted by The Constitution columnist and Gary Reddin. It came out a hit and the best theme song in the country, hands down… unless you want to put it together and “talk” about it. I did not mean it.
Rosin calls this a high water level. Others will follow.
“I couldn’t be prouder that you are using it as the theme song for your amazing podcast,” he said. “There will definitely be more music to come, in one form or another.”
Being put on the spot for a podcast theme song in August 2020 gave Rosin a chance to get out of a writer’s hiatus a bit, if not block. He said he used his inspiration to create this one of a kind gem. The action needs that extra ingredient, he said.
“The motivation is usually a bottle of wine and a porch,” he said, followed by a laugh. “I’ve tried to find inspiration anywhere and everywhere these days: a thought, a conversation with a friend, or a story that I find interesting. “
“The verses from ‘Little Crime On The Prairie’, for example, are part of articles you wrote that I enjoyed and that fits the idea of the song,” he added of its direct influence.
With all this talk, listen to “Little Crime On The Prairie” and judge for yourself: https://jaredrosin.bandcamp.com/releases.
Now that the stages are reopened and the musical legs are starting to stretch, Rosin has said he’s ready to rumble with his band mates. They performed their first full group show since summer 2020 last weekend. The opening act of Shea Abesher and The Nighthowlers at the Orient in Blair was a welcome return on stage and in front of the audience. He said this is where the real magic happens.
“It’s always very refreshing to share the stage with my brothers Zach Holliday and Nolan Marsh,” he said. “We were also joined by Ian Clark on Friday, certainly an honor, who plays primarily with James Cook from Wichita Falls, Texas.”
The show’s live Facebook video only shed more light on a talented group of guys making 100% American music from Southwest Oklahoma that shows the magic of something so singular. . It’s a difficult thing to nail with tack.
But if you’re in the mood, you might see Rosin pushing this point with authority in the weeks to come. On August 7, he plays at the Half-Time Sports Bar in Altus. And if you want more, “A version of The Shuffle will open for Bart Crow” on October 21 at Orient in Blair.
Even with the vaccine, the pandemic continues. And, sometimes you just feel the urge to squat at home and find your song. It is the heart of “Songs for kidnapping. “ It’s been a while but I wanted to throw in some stuff to make you smile.
First comes the Paul McCartney approved version of the Beatles classic mixed by Tenacious D, “You never give me your money / The end”: https://youtu.be/N0hFf-twPlY.
Leave Dave Grohl and his band mates in the Foo fighters to find the right way to honor the musical legacy of the Bee Gees while taking the time to “Hail Satin”. The ironic title of the album masks seriousness Dee Gees with “You should dance”: https://youtu.be/p4DeaXf1FzE.
Home page of the Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archives: Scott Rains – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.