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Dial Back Sound Redies Jerry Joseph ‘Tick’ for November 11, 2022 release, companion to 2020’s ‘The Beautiful Madness’ with Drive-By Truckers

“Pursue. Open it. It’s a gift…” suggests Jerry Joseph slyly in the first seconds of the new song “South of South”. Joseph, 61, currently resides in Portland, OR, a home base from which he can be found busking as easily as giving guitar lessons to children in Afghanistan. Jerry is a longtime juvenile delinquent who specializes in all the things you’re not supposed to do and writes songs about it.

The Beautiful Madness of the 2020s found Jerry supported by “The Stiff Boys” aka The Drive-By Truckers. That’s no exaggeration considering how many connections in Athens, Georgia the songwriters and friends have shared over many years. Jerry’s band, The Jackmormon’s, has members, on tour or on the album, of Vic Chestnut, ex-DBT John Neff and late Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser. And so, after a successful tour of Europe together, which was canceled and booked three times during lockdown, it seemed like the perfect time to examine bits of the madness left in the box.

DBT bassist Matt Patton owned the studio, Dial Back Sound, where all Madness tracks were recorded. The digging started there. There were tracks for entire songs, the Zeppelin-esque “The Mountain”, the dark “Quiet” and a bit on the nose rocker “South of South”. In the pile of demo material, the escaped “Sometimes A Great Notion” and the title track “Tick” were discovered.

The surprising demo versions were made by Jackmormon Stephen Drizos in his home studio dubbed The Panther, with both Jerry and Madness producer Patterson Hood. The nice thing about Jerry here is that he doesn’t seem to have a demo mode. A story about the recording of The Beautiful Madness enthralled everyone in the room as Jerry showed DBT and studio staff the song “Dead Confederate”. Once the audition was over, everyone could regret that the tape was not running. Yet Jerry stepped up to the mic and shot an equally, if not more, superb version for the record.

For Side 2, there’s a wild ride of a live performance of songs from The Beautiful Madness. The live tracks were captured by DBT producer David Barbe at the Trucker’s annual Heathen Homecoming shows in 2020. That night at the 40Watt Club in Athens, GA was the first and only full set of The Beautiful Madness material. to be played by Jerry’s monster. Joseph in front of The Drive-By Truckers. With only time for a soundcheck of the hardware, the results are an overdone, loose punk dream.