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Don’t dismiss the horns on Jerrod Niemann’s current single, “Shinin’ on Me,” as merely an afterthought.
Jerrod tells CountryWeekly.com that those big brass tones are all over his new album, due later this year. It even influenced the title: Brassoline: A Venture Through Wayd’s Worst Nightmare.
“We used horns on the whole record. We’re trying to develop a sound,” Jerrod says. “The title is a nod to the horns, and our passion for the music is the gasoline that fuels this project. The brass was a huge part of that.”
As was Jerrod’s knack for holding a good-natured grudge. The rest of the nontraditional title—A Venture Through Wayd’s Worst Nightmare—refers to singer/songwriter Wayd Battle, best known for playing guitar in Jamey Johnson’s band. “I actually introduced them to each other, probably eight years ago at a chicken joint,” Jerrod says, recalling a regular argument he had with Wayd over the role of horns in country music. Put simply, Wayd was not a fan. Despite Jerrod’s protestations about the merits of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” or Hank Williams Jr.’s “Women I’ve Never Had,” Wayd wouldn’t budge. “He would say, ‘I know, but the songs I like with horns don’t outweigh the ones I hate,’” Jerrod says with an incredulous laugh. “So I told him that someday I’m going to record a country album with horns—just to spite him. And I did.”
In other words, kiss his brass!