Just days after the release of his new album Ready The Horses (10 March), Texas born, Brooklyn resident Jarrod Dickenson will perform at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.

Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them.

The singer songwriter first performed in the UK in 2013, support David Ford on his 15 date tour before headlining his own run of dates and landing further support slots with Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean and the Waterboys.  Performances at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival soon followed.  Cutting his teeth for 10 years on the Texas and Nashville circuit, Jarrod has most recently supported The Stylistics and Jools Holland on UK tours

All tracks on the album were recorded with the core band live onto 2” tape as his musical forbearers would have. He recalls fondly of the recording process, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound, and the reels we worked with happened to have been previously used by Paul McCartney and Roger Daltrey. If you think about it, in a roundabout way I managed to get them to sing on my record!”

Jarrod embodies the originality and style of a bygone era with vintage dress hats and traditional southern sensibilities. The laid back writing found throughout ‘Ready The Horses’ is reminiscent of Gram Parsons, and Jarrod’s vocal flair could best be described as a young Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits before all the smokes and bourbon.

Genuine country albums are not complete without tales of cowboys and corporate greed, and Jarrod is a hand at depicting the struggles of the working man. All the while, he also proves his versatility as a writer by using his own colourful narrative as a backdrop to pen intimate ballads detailing the pitfalls of love and the constant struggle to be the best version of one’s self.

Jarrod Dickenson performs at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 22 March 2017.