JJ Schultz | Bustin' Outa Town

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Bustin' Outa Town

by JJ Schultz

Americana songs filled with stories of small town life told with a unique, soulful voice.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Song of the Independent Rancher
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2. Maple Tree
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3. Bustin' Outa Town
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4. County Backroad
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5. Everybody but Me
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6. Two Day Train
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7. Max My Dog
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8. Need a Pen
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9. The Highway (and Life in Between)
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10. Jackie You, Jackie Me
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11. Popsicles and Cheese
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12. Me and Elvis (we'd Be Friends)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JJ Schultz's new album Bustin' Outa Town is a great mix of american musical traditions. His song are written with the smoothness and clarity that reminds a listener of the great Townes Van Zant and his sad cowboy tunes of the sixties and seventies. And JJ sings with grit and tenacity that would make Willie Nelson proud, all the while playing and picking his nylon string Talyor in such a style that would make the country legend shed a smile I'm sure.

But while JJ may invoke memories of the great cowboy singer-songwriters, he certainly is his own man and his own voice. His songs tread through Americana, and the experiences of growing up in the midwest. They are mix of experiences on the personal, family, and K9 level.

Whether were ridin' with them across the Dakota Plains in the title track "Bustin' outa town," or sitting in a old hotel room with'm in the Great North Woods in "Need a pen," at everystep along the way we feel more and more connected to the characters of these ballads, and JJ is the one who puts us there. His music is sad at times and hilarious at others, often forcing up deep memories in our own lives.

I picked up this album a couple of days before driving from San Francisco to Austin, and their could not have been a better choice of music to coast me through the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico and on into the Texas Hill Country. JJ Schultz is a force that will be heard, and his is a voice that certainly needs to be heard.

- Jesse Torgersen, July 2004


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Alexia Burland

A fresh voice and heartwarming, down-to-earth lyrics
Imagine 'cosying up' on the porch at dusk and kicking back to the music of JJ Schulz. His fresh voice and down to earth, heartwarming lyrics are great for lazy afternoons and evenings. Lots of great stories and images of life beyond the rat race - from the beautiful pictures conjured up by the 'Song of the Independent Rancher' to the everyday simplicity of 'Need a Pen' - great stuff!

Neil Howard

A new kind of true, heart-felt american folk music...
Every song on this CD evokes a true, remembered moment from our collective lives - loss, hope, love, determination and desperation - all contained within in a sweet, simple lyrical phrase or the pluck of a plaintive string. JJ Schultz writes songs from his heart and, rather than sending them out to the world, invites the world inside to enjoy the music where it was meant to stay. New country for an old soul.

Jim Clark

An outstanding collection of songs with feet in both alternative and traditional
With the welcome rise and rise of the American singer/songwriter showing no signs of slacking it's getting harder to pick the real talent out of the swirling mix. Schultz is definately in with a chance of rising to the top of the pot. This excellent record provides all the elements - thoughtful, litlting tracks, an individual voice and great musicianship. Fans of the acoustic genre will almost certainly approve, and if they happen to think a song's not a song without tipping its hat to dust, dogs, love, beer and refridgerators they'll be all the happier. Joyfully difficult to catagorize, this collection has traces of Young, Farrar, Parsons and a little Arlo Guthrie in it.

Rebecca Zeitler

satisfies that down-home folk music fix
JJ busts out with some nice guitar picking, true-to-life lyrics and a distinctive vocal quality anomalous of other established artists. A delightfully moving compilation, the album is a good mix of inspirational, sentimental and whimsical stories that folks can relate to, bringing on a smile or a tear as you give it a listen. The assortment of instrumental accompaniments are placed just right throughout and each are a nice touch to JJ's warm guitar playing and crooning voice. The songs flow quite nicely melodically and orally, truly complimenting a long drive (I recently sampled it while traveling cross-country) or just sittin' on your front porch with a good, cold beer on a warm summer's evening. Often finding myself with a catchy tune of his in my head long after playing it, Bustin' Outa Town is a solid, genuine album.