Review: Jason Eady "When The Money's All Gone"

Jason Eady's strong baritone vocals sparkle and surprise on his third album "When The Money's All Gone." Each song is as socially relevant as the album's title, and the Mississippi native's new project is the most musically innovative of his career with elements of soul, gospel, blues, country and Cajun music.

The album's cover art shows a long stretch of power lines with what appear to be empty factories in the background. The concept of the album "When The Money's All Gone" is perfect for the tough times we're living in, but Jason Eady's music doesn't seem to dwell on the negative. In fact, the album starts out with a New Orleans-style, gospel party song "God Fearing Blues." It's almost impossible to stop yourself from clapping your hands and tapping your feet when listening to the opening song.

The title track, "When The Money's All Gone" is a more sober affair, and the lyrics offer a life lesson. Eady's lyrics say that when finances diminish, people need to work harder by growing their own food and finding new sources of income. And Eady's hard-edge vocals provide tough love for people who simply feel sorry for themselves and do nothing to change their circumstances.

The biggest surprise on the album is the terrific "Evangeline" featuring the Band Of Heathens. This track has an old-fashioned sound - like the music our grandparents enjoyed around a campfire. It's a unique mixture with a country-gospel style combined with some elements of Cajun music. Jason Eady has truly perfected this unique blend into his own signature sound.

The best song on the album is "Everything's Gonna Be Fine," which deserves to be a chart hit. After he's carefully given tough life lessons on "Judgment Day""Cry Pretty" and the other previously mentioned cuts, Jason Eady seeks to reassure listeners that their hard work will pay off and life in coming days will be better. The singer's voice has never sounded better, and "Everything's Gonna Be Fine" has a bluesy, Red Dirt edge that should garner additional Texas music fans for the already popular Jason Eady. The outstanding, classic country track "Promises In Pieces" also deserves special mention for Eady's understated, country vocal performance

"When The Money's All Gone" is the right music for the right time. Jason Eady hit the ball out of the park and, for that matter, way over the power lines shown on the album cover. Bravo, Jason.