Jude just released his third album, 5 Kinds of Rain. It’s a follow-up to 2008’s Truce. I listened to several tracks on the new EP and I found Jude’s lyrical voice and acoustic backing to be at turns searing and contemplative.
From the press release:
“‘5 Kinds of Rain’ is a lyric from the second track on the album, ‘Rose City,’ and it fits the songs perfectly,” explains Jude. “Some rain brings gloom, and a despair that it will the never stop. Other rain is a long-awaited relief, a reason for celebration.”
“I feel 5 Kinds of Rain is exactly that for me, a cause for celebration – and a long-awaited relief. To re-discover myself as a musician and songwriter, I had to strip away all the layers, get down to the basics, and go back to how I began writing and performing songs, with just me and a guitar, and that’s what I’m doing here.”
Engineered by Brent Rogers, and featuring guest appearances by pianist Jake Oken-Berg and violinist Dylan Dean, 5 Kinds of Rain draws from the profound personal changes in Jude’s life over the past four years, including the birth of his two children.
“That is what this EP is about,” he says. “Life brings change and rain will fall. What kind of rain will you make it?”
Compared to Josh Ritter, Amos Lee, and Ray LaMontagne by fans and critics alike, Jude explores new vocal territory on 5 Kinds of Rain, earning comparisons to powerful singers such as Martin Sexton and Marc Broussard.
A well-produced, slick full-length that blended pop-rock and Americana, Truce garnered Jude plenty of Triple A radio airplay, and won him many local accolades, including commercial radio station KINK FM featuring him on their 2009 local band compilation, the Bite of Oregon Festival naming him “Oregon’s Best Singer-Songwriter,” and Portland Songwriters Association naming him one of the best songwriters of 2009.