Jarrod Birmingham





Jarrod Birmingham
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As far back as he can recall, his memory is filled with treasured visits with his grandfather. His Granddad played the guitar and the fiddle, a sound that crept into Jarrod’s very existence. That musical influence has always managed to stay close to his heart. As a young adult he began to try his hand at song writing, but never really felt any degree of accomplishment. He shifted gears a bit, and spent several years attempting to earn a living riding bulls on the professional rodeo circuit. While he has since left the dirt of the arena floor behind, that time served him well. It was his chance to experience a few hardships, injuries, and an opportunity to see parts of this wonderful nation that many others never get to see. While on “injured reserve” he picked up songwriting again. This time, with a little more maturity and a vast stock of experiences to put on paper, the writing came easy. It came from the heart and soul of Jarrod Birmingham, filtered by real life. Another thing to come out of that era was a desire to perform. What started out as a group of friends doing “barn pickings” became a bonafide band. Desire pushed harder, and the Jarrod Birmingham Band competed against thousands of contestants to take first place in the “Rising Stars Over Texas” talent search. The road would be long…but the door was open. He has been compared to Waylon, and has been told he looks like Dwight, but he is all Jarrod. Backed by a five piece band, he has honed his live show playing gigs across the southern states, often opening for a long list of Texas/Americana artists and a few products of Nashville. Many react with amazement as he walks onto the stage and changes from the artist to the entertainer. He comfortably takes the heartfelt songs of the artist and tells the listener an intense, believable story as the entertainer. Grammy nominated Producer Eric Paul says, "Jarrod Birmingham is what I consider to be the first real singer of the 21st century." Paul produced Birmingham’s freshman effort “A Waitin’ and A Wishin.’” Hailing from the Texas Gulf Coast, he is every bit a product of the Lone Star State. But that lone star state of mind means he is just about as independent as they come. While his Texas roots run deep, make no mistake, there is no “Anti-Nashville” syndrome here. Indeed Birmingham has stood on Music Row, inhaling the Nashville traditions into his lungs. But he has as well stood on mountain tops in the Rockies, and on the plateaus of the Great Plains. There is no “pre-destination” in his mind about his music. His music is about as diverse as it can be and still be called country, a point he answers well on his current album, Stages released in September of 2003. Jarrod Birmingham’s songs are steeped in realism, real songs, every man songs, songs about people you know, places you’ve been, good times you’ve had and loves you’ve known. Whether a hard driving "rebel" country-rock tune, or the solitary crooning that seems to make the words hang in the air, focusing the listener's attention as they await the next word, it's like catching "lightning in a bottle." Jarrod Birmingham renders ideas into the music that creates happy, satisfied fans. He admits, with a bit of a twinkle in his eye, that he "sometimes" misses the rodeo arena. "I never really quit riding bulls," he says, "the music just sort of took over."
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11/08/2006 - Fishermen's fest brings thousands to Palacios - Read More
05/03/2006 - 'Family Night' ushers in 2006 rodeo season  - Read More
03/03/2006 - Rodeo-cowboy-turned-singer to saddle Wild West Saloon - Read More
02/24/2006 - A natural-born good ol' boy  - Read More
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Jarrod Birmingham  01/24/2006            
jaime
look, this guy is not good, he isnt edgy, his music is NOT catchy, its boring and annoying, i have seen him like two or three times and there was probably fifty people there for every show. he doesnt draw a crowd because his music is lame. and the reason i was forced to see him again after the first time is because when you are stuck in a craphole like stephenville aka "jessica's town" there is one bar that is worthwhile to go to and unfortunately he was playing AGAIN. so your options are limited!
Jarrod Birmingham  01/24/2006            
jaime
look, this guy is not good, he isnt edgy, his music is NOT catchy, its boring and annoying, i have seen him like two or three times and there was probably fifty people there for every show. he doesnt draw a crowd because his music is lame. and the reason i was forced to see him again after the first time is because when you are stuck in a craphole like stephenville aka "jessica's town" there is one bar that is worthwhile to go to and unfortunately he was playing AGAIN. so your options are limited!
Jarrod Birmingham  11/23/2005            
Jessica
I really enjoy Jarrod's concerts! I like the edginess that it brings, its not smoothed and polished like a lot of nashville's products. Also the negative comment that was left by a james .........I know this person and he was at the last concert in my town. So he must not dispise Jarrod too much, huh?
Jarrod Birmingham  11/15/2005            
Dancin John
Well said, The Real James. After reading all of the reviews, and as Tracy said "we all have the right to our own opinions", I'd like to leave a few of mine. Fowler aspires to be the "good ole boy" that Jarrod is. Fowler carried Aqua Net and makeup in his bag when playing with Dangerous Toys in the 80's, while Jarrod was carrying a rigging bag to rodeos. As far as the "paper thin aww shucks veneer", I think Kevin is more guilty of that. All of his songs drip with the "cliche redneck" lifestyle that he must have lived while applying the Aqua Net & Avon before his Dangerous Toys shows. Try spending some time with Jarrod, talking to him after a show before judging him on his stage presence alone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing Fowler's success. He's a great performer and had enough business sense to see that he could pull off his "tried & true redneck" act. His songs are catchy and fun, but here lies the "disregard for the craft of songwriting". With maturity also comes experience. Experience will lend itself to creativeness. In the begining, all of Pat Green's songs were "beer, Jerry Jeff, beer, Gruene Hall, beer, Willie, Luckenbach, beer.... He is a much better songwriter now. The Dwight Yoakum comment was totally false. Jarrod doesn't wear the "nut hugging" tight leather pants, and huge concho belt. The way he holds and plays his guitar could be compared to Dwight, but I think that's as far as the comparison goes. He doesn't try to immitate anyone, what you see is what he is. I also agree with Tracy in that the guys criticizing him must be musicians with no class who didn't have a gig. "Can't sing"...??? Is Willie's voice the most beautiful thing you've heard? No. But he is a legendary songwriter, performer & business man. I like that Jarrod isn't the "frat boy". He's not Roger, Cory, Pat, Ragweed, etc., all of whom I enjoy listening to, and seeing live. He grew up on Waylon, Merle, Kris, Johnny, etc., whom I also greatly enjoy listening to. He respects them and what they did for the music scene back then. Hence the comparison to Waylon. Jarrod is a product of what he's grown up on, and what he's grown up doing. He is an amazing showman, and a great songwriter. His music isn't real country, it's just real.
Jarrod Birmingham  08/24/2005            
Justin
Who cares what someone looks like its all about the music anyway.Go to a fashion show if its clothes you are worried about.Go to a Jarrod Birmingham show if its music you love.Don't miss this guy when he comes to your town.The record is great if you like real country music this record is a must
Jarrod Birmingham  07/11/2005            
Juan
Pretty good live show!
Jarrod Birmingham  06/12/2005            
The Real James
This is the real James. . . the one who usually writes bad reviews to people that actually suck like Mike McClure. I don't bash folks like Jarrod, or the equally talented Brian Rung. I think it's a badge of honor to have a limited number of reviews on lonestarmusic.com. . . especially when the only bad things people have to say about you are arbatrary comments on your hair or who you look like. Consider the mentality of someone who looks at Jarrod and can't get past the bend of his hat or the length of his hair. I'm sure that John and the fake James like that Cross Canadian fashion show too much to ever give the music a hard listen. . . I remember when those folks were wearing the leather pants and shinny shirts long before they grabbed the 'pearl snaps' off the racks. I guess we should have hung out with them a bit more back then. . . but then again, we saw them for who they were. . . poor musicians. Well, excuse me for going off on the fashion tangent. Regardless of his attire, Jarrod's music has edge and attitude - Something sincerely missing in today's Texas music scene. P.S. This is country music.
Jarrod Birmingham  05/09/2005            
Brittney
I believe this band has a lot of talent...and it holds true through their albums! And obviously the people who reveiwed a little earlier must not know what real music is! (or they just could be a little jeoulous!...LOL) Jarrod has an incredible voice and is an awesome songwriter!
Jarrod Birmingham  04/13/2005            
Tracy
Sounds like a few reviews are from frustrated musicians, wondering why they didn't have a show that night! If not why would most of the people they lisen to be so supportive of Jarrod, and they have nothing good to say (or nothing better to do than stay at a show they weren't enjoying)? There are so many different styles of music, performers, and even fans. It is easy to criticize what we don't understand. Fortunately with maturity comes the realization that we all have the right to our own opinions. I'm glad you had the opportunity to express yours, here's mine. You want a singer, buy a Michael Bolton CD. You want country music with plenty of drive and attitude, buy a Jarrod Birmingham CD. Better yet go see a show, I've never seen a bad one!
Jarrod Birmingham  04/10/2005            
John
I wouldn't hold the make up of a guy's audience against him, but you're right, he's just not that good. Can't sing, can't play, must be the mullet.
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