Giving Back The Best Of Me - Jaime Wyatt
We head to LA to meet our next LCM featured artist, Country singer-songwriter Jaime Wyatt. Jaime is a striking figure with an old soul and a voice like a force of nature. Regardless of genre, she is a dynamic performer, who sails naturally between vintage ‘60s and ‘70s country/rock ’n’ soul anthems and heartfelt country ballads of love & corruption. Country radio station 95.3 The Bear recently named her, alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, as “one of the country artists you may not have heard of, but need to hear. Jaime released her latest album 'Felony Blues' at the end of last month and our LCM #TrackOfTheDay is one of lead singles, the heartfelt 'Giving Back The Best of Me'.
Jaime Wyatt’s newest release 'Felony Blues', whose title is a nod to records like David Allan Coe’s Penitentiary Blue, is largely an autobiographical collection of convict love stories, prison songs, and honky-tonk laments. After completing the record and looking for a label, Jaime met Forty Below Records head, producer Eric Corne (John Mayall, Walter Trout). Corne fell in love with the songs and agreed to remix the record and release via Forty Below Records. Most songs on 'Felony Blues' are inspired by reckless life choices.
The musicians on the record include top notch Americana and country pickers John Schreffler Jr and Ted Russell Kamp from Shooter Jennings band; Gabe Witcher of the Punch Brothers on fiddle; fellow Angelino country songwriter Sam Outlaw (who features on the duet “Your Loving Saves Me”); and long time friend and drummer Freddy Bokkenheuser, now the touring drummer for Ryan Adams.
Jaime grew up on a tiny rural island in the northwest with horses and animals. “I was heavily influenced by my southern hillbilly grandparents Papa Brown and Nana Lo” says Wyatt. “My first job was a at horse breeding farm, where I listened to 90s country music on the radio. Both of my parents were also singers and songwriters in the 80s”
Jaime spent much of last year on the road, playing clubs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and South, such as Wildwood Revival, Bandit Town, Chinook Fest and Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. She can frequently be found at the iconic Grand Ole Echo in her hometown of Los Angeles or playing spontaneous gigs at her favorite vintage clothing stores. An extensive tour in support of Felony Blues is in the works.