Critics react to the new album, "You And I” :

 

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“We were kinda knocked out by JPW’s last album (People Going

Somewhere). Once again, this exceedingly talented fellow has

delivered music that is credible and substantial. Though this EP is

short (only about [nineteen] minutes), You And I offers an amazing

amount of diversity in terms of styles and sounds. Normally jumping

around to different genres wouldn’t work but in this case…everything

fits together seamlessly…Possibly our favorite here is the title track,

which is eerily reminiscent of John Lennon in many ways. It’s a truly

lovely composition that begs to be heard over and over…If you think

actors can’t cut it in the world of music, think again. JPW has the

unique ability to excel admirably in both worlds. Top Pick.”

-Baby Sue.com

 

“In my opinion there is a very special sub-genre within “Folk Rock,” one that is ruled

by the likes of [Arlo] Guthrie, Bread, Badfinger, Nilsson, [Gordon] Lightfoot, [Bruce]

Coburn, [Lou] Reed, [Jim] Croce, The Mamas and the Papas, Peter, Paul & Mary, Cat

Stevens, Bowie and the Velvet Underground. Very few 21 st century artist/composers

have even come close to touching what those artists managed to indelibly carve into

the ether. JPW’s You And I EP is stunningly authentic and evokes masterfully

entwined elements of all the aforementioned artists. Only a singer/composer who is

part of that same consciousness is capable of creating such an original addition to

the legacy of excellence.…The execution of each track flawlessly renders each story

being told—from JPW’s rich, spontaneous-sounding vocals to the sparse, crisp

arrangements, to the musicians and their performances. And speaking of the

musicians—love them. The rhythm and lead guitar work is truly great—and

supported by one bad-ass rhythm section.” - Vents Magazine

 

“Walker’s voice carries a languid inflection and delivery…infusing the songs with a

sweltering field of energy. Even though Walker’s voice is totally distinct from Bob

Dylan’s, there’s an equivalent cool and minimal passion between the two, an aura of

tightly controlled emotion that can’t be denied.” - Celebmix.com

 

“The song [I Won’t Sit Around & Cry] possesses a rural pop fluidity, the kind of dusky

movements you might expect fromRyan Adams or Jason Isbell but is wholly of

Walker’s own making.” - The Southern Sounding

 

“JPW is a talented singer and songwriter and You And I is filled with consistent,

quality music.” - No Depression

 


 

Critics react to thE album, "People Going Somewhere” :

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"I love the natural energy that comes through the speakers; it’s just a

sugary pop hit that I can’t get out of my head." - Austin Town Hall

 

"Listening to these cuts, you can tell this man is making music

because that's what he loves to do. These songs are smart and

focused, and we particularly love the vocals." - Babysue

 

“Oh, Rosie is evocative of the end of innocence and is a bouncy pop

rocker that the world is better for.” – The Best Indie Songs

 

"People Going Somewhere, co-produced with Josh Kaufman(Josh

Ritter, Craig Finn, Bob Wier), is steeped in ’60s rock and folk —

Beatles, Paul Simon, The Who, Harry Nilsson, et cetera — but we

can’t help hearing more than a bit of Mott The Hoople in the pianodriven

pop-rocker 'Oh Rosie.'" - The Big Takeover

 

“Hideous Monster,” combines folk with aspects of psychedelic rock. The song is an

exploration in finding who you are, and not caring about what others think.”

– Elmore Magazine

 

"“Hideous Monster” will put your ears at ease with its folk/rock blend that is both smooth

like Ron Sexsmith while having the edge of Ryan Adams." - The Fire Note

 

"“Oh, Rosie” is a wonderful piece of piano rock with some electronic garnish on the side."

- Magnet Magazine

 

"A return to the late 60s/early 70s for nu ears, kids now can feel like what it was to

discover Beatles on acid for the first time on this genre busting set." - Midwest Record

 

“ On "Hideous Monster," Walker inhabits a spare and blues-y landscape of decaying

buildings and reflective self assessment. The guitar spirals out into the cosmos on lines

that feel drawn from the darker corners of psych rock but which still allow for the

smallest bits of light to shine through." - Nooga