Jody Shelton Band – Child EP

I have no clue what drew me to the Jody Shelton Band’s EP Child since I’m normally not interested in anything that I could expect to hear on any local radio station. Although I have admitted many times over that I’m a sucker for a great singing voice and tons of melody that doesn’t mean I necessarily enjoy most standard rock and pop. But, there’s always an exception to the rule and the Jody Shelton Band nicely fit that bill.

The band, named for its lead singer/keyboardist/sometimes guitarist is based in Brooklyn, New York. Shelton, a Tennessee native apparently studied music and intended to write film score when he first arrived in New York City a few years ago. Fate seems to have intervened – in the form of three other musicians and the formation of a band. The Jody Shelton Band now includes Eric Wilhelm (guitar), Michael Pearce (bass), and Christopher Heinz (drums). Child is the group’s second EP release.

With just four songs, it’s hard to get a full picture of what the Jody Shelton Band is all about. The songwriting is incredibly genuine with plenty of catchy hooks and memorable lyrics, but it’s the cinematic quality of the tracks on Child that step things up a notch. Shelton’s vocals soar right along with his band mates’ solid skills. The group smolders on low-key rockers “Change” and the title track, while exposing a more upbeat side on “Driveway.” The final song, “Amy, Smiling” is a beautiful rock ballad that I wish were longer just so I could enjoy more of it.

The Jody Shelton Band should be poised right on the edge of mass popularity with a record deal, full length debut, and headlining tour. The Child EP is just a tiny glimpse, but I have a feeling this group would not disappoint regardless of the number of songs presented on any given recording. So much music comes out of New York, but the Jody Shelton Band is one that you should be paying attention to.