"Przech sings in a pleasantly worn-in voice on songs cut from enduring alt-country cloth: acoustic-guitar foundations support warm, growling electric licks, keening steel and a winsome world-weary sensibility."
- Eric R. Danton, WSJ/Rolling Stone/Paste/Salon.com
For Jeff Przech (‘Presh’), one of the highlights of his new record is the presence of his twelve year old daughter playing Fender Rhodes on the song 'Checking In.' “It all starts and ends there, man, with those two," he says, referring to his two young children. “The way I see it, there’s no way I can tell my own children to go after their dreams and do what they love if I don’t do the same thing in my own life.” Both of Przech’s children made cameo appearances on his first record, but having his daughter’s full participation in this new project was, as Przech says, “really a dream come true. Watching from the control room while my own daughter played a keyboard that’s older than I am on one of my own songs is something I’ll never forget. Now all we I have to do is get her on a gig with me and that’ll be the icing on the cake. And I need to get my boy cracking on that drum kit in the basement.”
While working with his daughter was an incredible experience, equally rewarding was making this record with three great musicians and friends he called The Outfit. Przech's 2015 debut release, "Sounds Like Fresh," was carried by classic songwriting and led by Przech’s deep, soulful vocals and acoustic guitar work. “Jeff Przech & The Outfit” takes the storytelling of the first record and adds some Telecasters, twang and rootsy grit to the songs. The record was recorded live at On Deck Sound Studio in Northeast Connecticut, giving the record the vintage vibe that Przech was looking for. It’s an entertaining ten song ride, with music that straddles the line between Alt Country, Americana, and good old-fashioned rock n' roll. Przech freely admits ‘borrowing’ the name of his backing band from the Jason Isbell/Drive By Truckers song of the same name, and the songs on the record might remind some of Isbell’s work with the 400 Unit, Tom Petty’s work with the Heartbreakers, or B.J. Barham’s work with American Aquarium. Some might even be reminded of Merle Haggard and the Strangers, as guitarist Dennis Fancher’s tasty lead work certainly calls to mind the great Roy Nichols.
Although the new Outfit record is, according to Przech, “the full band, electric record I always heard in my head,” he will be presenting the songs more organically as he travels to support the record. Though he will at times be joined by Fancher to play as a duo, Przech will primarily be hitting the road with just his acoustic guitar and voice, the way the songs were originally born in the first place. Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, along with classic artists like Kris Kristofferson (his biggest influence) and John Mellencamp, Przech enjoys being a storyteller more than anything else and playing the songs in this way will enable him to connect with people on a much more personal level.
Jeff Przech has big plans for 2018. He has high hopes for the new “Jeff Przech & The Outfit” record and will be touring the country to support it, all the while balancing his time at home with his children. Any success that might come his way will be sweeter when shared with those closest to him.
"Przech is as Americana as they come and it’s not a dirty word to throw the country moniker around. If Przech’s influences were trees he’d have an entire orchard full of some of the greats of the traditional and alt-country movements, as well as varying forms of folk and Americana."
- Chip McCabe, The Lonesome Noise
(Photo Credit: Shannon Kalahan - Seeing Spots Photography)
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