Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Alex Jordan

Crystal Hotel - Al's Den

6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show

$10 in advance, $10 at the doors

21 and over

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About Alex Jordan

Alex Jordan

Alex Jordan's Queen Kerosene is a melting pot of American roots music, stacked high with sharply-written songs that blur the boundaries between genre and generation. Helmed by four-time Grammy Awards winning producer (and longtime Los Lobos member) Steve Berlin, it's a colorful, kaleidoscopic record whose songs make room for soul, Tex-Mex, groove-driven R&B, Americana, jazz, honky-tonk, and heartland rock & roll.

Queen Kerosene was recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas. The result is a mix of barn burners, piano ballads, Americana anthems, and adventurous explorations of organic roots music.

Before Jordan released his own music, he earned his stripes as a multi-instrumentalist, playing with bands on the West Coast for the better part of a decade. He was a musical Swiss Army knife - a road warrior whose ability to play guitar, piano, and Hammond B3 organ had already landed him onstage with icons like Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Peter Rowan.

Jordan was a songwriter, too. Inspired to create music of his own, he found a partner in Steve Berlin, who both championed and challenged Jordan's musical instincts. The process of making Queen Kerosene was equal parts gratifying and grueling, with Berlin pushing Jordan to reach a new edge by sharpening his songwriting. Many of the album's songs find their narrator in some sort of transit, searching for the next destination amidst life's trials and triumphs. Queen Kerosene explores the connections we all make during those journeys, and it's a sound of his very own.