Lancaster singer-songwriter Jordan Rast will debut Cowboy Money, his third solo full-length, on Friday at Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster. It’s been some time since Rast’s last solo efforts; he released his first solo album, Dream Days, at just 14 years old in 2008 followed by Fractured Love in 2011. Rast has been busy in recent years performing alongside fellow Lancaster songwriter Tuck Ryan in the gypsy jazz-meets-roots and blues quartet Second Hand Suits.
But in the wake of the band calling it quits, both front men have embarked on solo projects (keep an eye out for Ryan’s funk/blues band Limbo Jimbo). But that doesn’t mean the duo has separated entirely. In fact, Ryan makes an appearance on Cowboy Money, as well as a wide spectrum of stand-out players including drummer Dominic Billett (formerly of Toy Soldiers and currently touring with Nashville crooner Andrew Combs), bassist Charlie Muench (of The Stray Birds) and banjoist Mark Rast (Jordan’s dad and renowned for his work with Vinegar Creek Constituency and Colebrook Road).
Cowboy Money was recorded at The Sugartank, a studio located in the basement level of Tellus360. At 13 tracks, the album showcases Rast’s dynamic ability to approach a variety of music genres with authenticity and presumed ease. From bluegrass to traditional folk to blues, the album stands out as a proof point for the young songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s continued growth, both in terms of musicality and lyrical ability.
Check out this exclusive stream of the track “Manhattan”:
Catch Jordan Rast at Tellus360 (24 E. King St., Lancaster) on June 19. Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam is also featured. 9pm. $5. 21+. Click here for more info.