“NeoWestern”, as it has since been coined by critics. Jordan Dennis’ work is a serendipitous coming together of his own Hard Rock/New Blues sound meets the Country/Western influence of his residing hometown of Castleblayney, “The Nashville of Ireland”.
Cutting his teeth performing to the unforgiving crowds throughout his local saloons. Jordan Dennis soon began making waves, appearing at several acclaimed music festivals including The Rory Gallagher Festival (Eric Gales) and The Harvest Time Blues Festival (Artur Menezes, Pat McManus).
June 2022 saw Jordan embark on his first tour supporting Mascot Records (Joe Bonamassa, Steve Via) U.S artists “The Cold Stares” throughout both the U.K & Scotland.
Returning to Ireland that July making his debut appearance at Dublin’s renowned Whelans main stage, Jordan supported legendary slide guitarist Roosevelt Collier on the Irish leg of his European Tour.
In August, Jordan was approached by the noted Tres Hombre Management for a second UK Tour supporting U.S Blues Rocker Zach Person.
Having showcased his material on the road, Jordan completed work on his Debut E.P in September. Recorded at The Homestead Studio in Castleblayney. Mixed & Mastered by Industry figures James Darkin (Hozier, Gavin James, Dermot Kennedy) at Black Mountain Studios and Sami Bianchi (Ennio Morricone) at Oscar/Grammy winning Forum Studios in Rome.
Jordan is currently working with the Oscar winning Czech National Symphony Orchestra on further projects which will be released in 2023. Including conducting a live orchestral performance of the title track, “The Man in the Hat”.
Jordans Debut E.P will be Released on Friday 9th December on Spotify and all major music platforms. You can Follow Jordan on his Instagram and Spotify, or visit kingofthestrings.ie.
“Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy … The Torch lit by the Irish masters of Hard Rock is in good hands” – Trevor Deeley (A.M.L.O)
The Debut E.P consists of 4 tracks. ‘The Man in the Hat’, ‘King of the Strings’, ‘Battle Cry’ and the focus single ‘Equalize’.
It is a hard hitting first musical offering with hooking riffs, blistering solos and orchestral overtures. Set to stories, lyrics and themes about the human experience interpreted through the lens of the western genre.
THE MAN IN THE HAT:
‘The Man in the Hat’, came about from Jordan’s experience as a Musician/Healthcare Professional working the frontline during the covid-19 pandemic. Jordan experienced the true horrors of the Pandemic up close and personal. Having contracted the virus, becoming seriously ill, he was diagnosed with cognitive O.C.D.
Struggling with his mental health, he began focusing on his songwriting.
“I have always been inspired by Western Cinema and its themes. With the dire state of the world at that time, as an artist I saw a lot of parallels. This influenced my own songwriting. I began writing about the human experience, filtered
through the lens of the western genre. Coming out of the pandemic was very much like a new frontier. Nobody knew what to expect. Things would never be as they were. ‘The Man in the Hat’ was a character which came out the other side of all that. The message I would like people to take away from this work is to persevere. You may not set the stage though; you can play your part. Own your character.”
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