As I listened to the record, I can’t help but hear the influences of Keb Mo’, Lou Rawls, Robert Cray and even a little Ray Charles to boot. Managers and publicists are quick to try and classify an artist’s sound and stick it in a genre that seems to make sense. Someone has tried to classify “Til The Story’s Told” as having a “Black Americana” sound palate but personally, that sells the record short in many ways. From the breezy melody of ‘Tangled Up’ to the contemporary bluesy ‘Janie’s Silver Lining’ to the upbeat stomp of the title track, Jenkins has created a record that keeps giving the listener track after track of aural excellence.
A skilled recording engineer can create almost every aspect of a recording these days. They can give an artist perfect pitch and cover weaknesses in an artist’s performance. Authenticity is a quality that cannot be faked in the studio and Jenkins delivers it in spades on this record. The emotion almost jumps from the tracks. I’ll be honest; I hear a lot of music and very seldom does a complete album pass my desk that I would gladly purchase. Jenkins’ “Til The Story’s Told” is one such record and I for one can’t wait until its official release. The line starts behind me.