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Randy’s SongReview of Jarrod Johnson’s New Single Lost Highway

Randy’s SongReview: Lost Highway (featuring Randy Kohrs) by Jarrod Johnson

Jarrod Johnson sitting on sidewalk, playing guitar in his lap.Jarrod Johnson is a singer, musician and songwriter hailing from Round Rock, Texas, who has been in the music scene for the past 20 years trying to pull his way to country stardom. He started in music very early in life, picking up the guitar at the age of just five and wrote his first song when he was twelve. From there, he went on to play in bands from thirteen, then fronted his own band aged only fifteen.

He playing his own original material at bars and festivals when most are only doing covers at that age. This led to getting a publishing deal at nineteen, and he moved to Nashville to pitch songs to the stars of the time. He had to experience disappointment when a song destined to be cut by Randy Travis fell through when he lost his record deal, but he carried on recording demos.

Texas Red Dirt Artist Jarrod Johnson standing.Eventually, he found out that songs put on an album made for family and friends were getting air play on Texas radio and so he began performing the songs he’d written for others to sing. While he is now working on his second album, this track, Lost Highway (featuring Randy Kohrs), featured on that first album and was written by Jarrod’s good friend, fellow singer/songwriter, Deryl Dodd.

Texas Country Artist Jarrod Johnson sitting with guitar, singing/playing live on air at 92.1 KCAF Kenedy.

Jarrod Johnson, in studio at KCAF

It is a well crafted bluegrass track, featuring a rootsy sound of banjo, mandolin and fiddle that provide a nice melodic backdrop to Jarrod’s strong and authentic voice. The chorus is lifted by the rich texture of tight vocal harmonies, which provides good contrast to the sparse verses. The vocal melody is memorable and quite upbeat, considering the melancholy nature of the words. The second verse is augmented by some lovely bursts of guitar and the outro section expands on the melodic introduction to bring things to a natural close.Jarrod Johnson on stage singing, holding mic.

Lyrically, the song is quite dark, about the consequences of hanging all your hopes on one relationship and the pain that love can bring: “The day I told her that I loved her and I gave my heart away, if I had only seen the future, I’d not be on this lost highway…”. There is a Johnny Cash-style poetic bleakness to imagery like “This road I’m on is black with darkness, and there’s no shelter from the rain… “.

Overall, this is a moving, haunting bluegrass/country song that is well-written, both musically and lyrically. It is very well performed by JarrodJohnson, who I think will continue to grow his fan base, especially with the upcoming release of his second album.

Jarrod plays several gigs a week, mostly acoustic. But, because of his continued success and demand, he is reaching out to fellow disciplined musicians in order to put a full time band together, and will hopefully be touring soon! The big hit that every songwriter aims for may well yet be ahead of him, there’s no doubting his talent.


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