Jar-e’s Funky, Soulful Bad Girls

 

Beloved North Carolina artist
set to release new album Feb. 24.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Asheville
soul/funk/jazz/pop multitasker Jar-e is set to release ‘Chicas Malas’ (Exotic Recordings) on Feb. 24. It’s a 10-song
collection of lush, genre-defying pop songs that seamlessly blend Latin beats
and lyrics, jazz nuances, horn-fueled soul, and are bound by the bewitching
voice of the bilingual singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Reid.

‘Chicas Malas,’ literally translated
as “bad girls,” was conceived in Mexico
and inspired after a journey that took Jar-e through Greece,
Cuba and Britain. “I start as an empty
vessel,” Jar-e says, “and absorb the sounds of my environment into
the music.” These world influences are loud and clear on tracks like
Jar-e’s first single, “Casa Believe,”; Jar-e plays with rhythm and
tone, while singing a heartfelt and infectiously catchy melody.

 

Check out the tune here:

      http://www.shorefire.com/media/Casa%20Believe_20090113_161511.mp3

Producer Keith “Touch” Saunders (Saint Bernadette) set up a
state-of-the-art studio in an Appalachian mountain barn in Asheville to record ‘Chicas Malas.’ The result is an album that represents Jar-e more
intimately than ever before, while emphasizing the intensity of his live shows.
“The thing that links all of his work is a soulfulness,” says
Saunders, “We definitely captured that.”

Jar-e’s sound leaves listeners dancing all night long, and his shows bridge
soul, rock and funk and have gained him a reputation in the Southeast for
always getting the crowd on its feet. He’s currently on the road with fellow
Ashevilleans Toubab Krewe for a tour that brings together the sounds of two
continents.


Jar-e ‘Chicas Malas’ Track listing

1). Fever Break
2). Heyday
3). 3 Leaf
4). Casa Believe
5). An Idea
6). Lorca
7). Safe To Say
8). The Pedestrian
9). Rosary
10). Ramparts

Tour dates (more to be added):

Jan 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother w/ Toubab Krewe
Jan 24 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall
Jan 31 – Asheville, NC – Angi West @ Grey Eagle
Feb 6 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/ Toubab Krewe
Feb 7 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre w/ Toubab Krewe

 

 

 

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