David Jameson Plots Big City Escape In New Tune
“Gone Like The Wind”
Song from upcoming album Talk Dark Pines, out January 27th
January 7, 2022 - Nashville, TN - Too long a stay in the big city can bring out the worst in anybody, including storied traveler and accomplished songwriter David Jameson. Inspired by his experience of feeling New York City’s proverbial walls closing in, Jameson wrote “Gone Like The Wind,” framing the idea of escape by imagining quietly slipping away from his lover and heading for greener pastures. Led along by galloping instrumentation, “Gone Like The Wind” straddles Jameson’s real-life sentiment with his well-crafted fictional narrative. “Your heart is hard like these northern winters. Lately, I’m chilled to the bone. Miss the warm sunshine in River City, so honey, that’s where I’m gonna go.” Today, Twangville premiered “Gone Like The Wind,” writing “a country music noir record at it’s finest.” Fans can hear “Gone Like The Wind” today at this link, listen to previously released singles “Ballin’ The Jack” and “Talk Dark Pines,” and pre-order or pre-save Talk Dark Pines right here.
Jameson’s varied past—a continent-hopping world traveler and corporate consultant turned songwriter—influences his musical output but not in the way one might first assume. A trip to China while in college began with a few open sets at local pubs and ended with a series of national Chinese singing competitions where he performed in Mandarin. In one of those competitions, fashioned after American Idol, David found himself in second place. At this point, David had to decide whether to continue singing or finish his engineering degree at Northwestern University. Much to the delight of his mother, he chose the latter. Post-college, Jameson took a job with international management consulting firm, McKinsey, which sent him to Malaysia where he spent time working and immersing himself in local cultures and languages across South East Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The wanderlust suited him, and more importantly, it inspired him.
Throughout Jameson’s adventures, he sought out new influences from local music, stories, and cultures, but the most impactful of these in his music today was stumbling upon the Turnpike Troubadours at Houston Rodeo in 2015, a city he was living in at the time after having quit McKinsey in search of a more creative life. These combined experiences, both at home and abroad, led to a honed determination and pursuit of songwriting, having since shared bills with the likes of his favorites turned friends Drayton Farley, Cole Chaney, Joshua Ray Walker, and Logan Halstead.
Jameson’s songs, and in particular the ones to be heard on his upcoming album, Tall Dark Pines, mirror his life, full of stories marked by vivid imagery and a broad set of influences. The stories featured on his upcoming album are closer to home than most of his adventures. Many of the songs tell the stories of his family and community that were passed onto David during the pandemic. David brings these modern stories to life by incorporating elements of traditional American country and folk ballads of the 19th and 18th centuries as well as those of the British Isles that date back even further. This approach inspired Americana Highways to call David “a master writer and storyteller, propelling a significant folk tradition into the modern era.”
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More About David Jameson:
Since David Jameson Harris left his childhood home of South Bend, Indiana, he has hung his hat just about everywhere from the high alpine mines of South America to the prairies of North Dakota. While rambling around the world, David sang his way from the dark, smoke filled bars of Beijing to the bright lights of National Television. From talk shows to singing competitions, David performed for millions of viewers entirely in Mandarin. Although he is often inspired by the music he discovers during his travels, David’s sound and soul remain firmly rooted in the American country and folk tradition.