Produced by four-time GRAMMY-winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, “Emily” – the second single from Alex Jordan’s upcoming LP – features a bluesy horn section and an exuberant guitar line. Queen Kerosene is slated for release on March 8, 2024 via Andy Logan Productions.
“Six months or so before we started to work on the record, my friend Matt DeScala sent a demo of a pop crossover song called ‘Emily’ he’d been working with but felt stuck on,” says Jordan. “I asked him if I could rework it, feeling that the chorus melody suggested a more R&B feel. After a handful of long sessions together, we created the story and structure as it is now…”
Queen Kerosene was recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas with a band of Austin-based musicians — including harmony singer Carrie Rodriguez and accordion player Josh Baca (the protégé of Norteño icon Flaco Jiménez). Jordan and Berlin captured the album’s songs in a series of live takes, emphasizing the chemistry of the players in the room. The result is a quintessentially American LP composed of barn burners, piano ballads, and Americana anthems. Like the artists and songwriters the record pays homage to – namely Buck Owens, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hayes Carll and Robert Hunter – Jordan’s new music is timeless in its sound and its songwriting.
Jordan may be a fresh face when it comes to his solo career, but he’s spent the better part of the past decade playing with West Coast bands like Midnight North, fronted by Grahame Lesh. His ability to play guitar, piano and Hammond B3 organ landed him onstage with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Peter Rowan, becoming a fixture at Lesh’s Bay Area music venue Terrapin Crossroads.
Currently, Jordan is on tour supporting The Band of Heathens and will perform at Sausalito Cruising Club on November 19th.