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Top Of The World

by Jere Mendelsohn

Twang that Rocks.Rock that Twangs. What would happen if Tom Petty, Dave Edmunds & Dwight Yoakam threw a party in Danny Gatton's backyard? Features Taras Prodaniuk (Dwight, Lucinda) & Mike Baird (Journey, Steely Dan) FULL-LENGTH CD COMING SPRING, 2008
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Top Of The World
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2. Rainey
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3. Final Destination
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4. One More Kiss
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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When Jere Mendelsohn sings about "Driving down the middle of this highway, caught between the mountains and the sea," we know it's a poetic metaphor, but it's also a road map of a life lived in real time, with all of the joys and sorrows, questions and contradictions left intact. Jere's music is filled with the kind of imagery and passion that people in any corner of America will instantly understand. It's music that feels like home.

Simply put, Jere Mendelsohn gets it. He's lived it, he's been there. He understands that "the nights roll in and go too fast, and the days rain down like broken glass." The good times can be spare; the crap can last a decade.

Yeah, Jere's like us, but with that one big difference that those of us who can't get "Chopsticks" on a keyboard or strum "Oh Susannah" on guitar can never quite get past: he expresses what we're feeling and what we want to say in the songs that he writes and sings, and in the notes he squeezes from a beat-up Telecaster. After all, you don't get to replace legendary Hellecaster Will Ray in one of his own bands unless you can bring it from note one.

Jere Mendelsohn's music is crafted from a lifetime of hard work and simple triumphs. He's "packed his bags with new world dreams" and too often found himself a family man playing "for one more dollar, one more empty room." An acknowledged, award-winning guitar slinger, Jere couldn't keep himself from the road, and along the way, climbed inside all of his influences: soul music, one-hit singles, Bakersfield twang, rockabilly, flat-out hillbilly music - anything played from the heart and worth cranking on the car radio. When he straps on a Tele and steps to the mic, he's going somewhere special, and taking us with him.

Jere's music has kept him true and focused, and in these new songs, he has stepped out - way out- from the workingman role of sideman, session man, and hired gun. Carved from the contradictions and convictions of his own life, Jere has found lyrical and musical expression that reaches back through all of his inspirations to create music that is at once familiar and fresh. Think Dwight meets Tom Petty in Danny Gatton's backyard.

In the purest definitions of the term, Jere's music is roots music. It asks for a piece of our hearts and in return, it gives us solace, and on a real good night, a reason to shake our asses. And best of all, it takes us down that solitary highway to our "final destination." Why not? It's just another name for the place we all want to be. Home.

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Jessie Lilley, Editor, Mondo Cult

This classic blues rocker moves you on down the road in a Woody Guthrie-esque st
This EP has only four tracks but doesn’t disappoint. Original tunes by Mendelsohn (“Rainey” co-written with Ken Brown) evoke Americana while rocking you at the same time. Not to be confused with rock-a-billy by any means, the lyrics and beat are from the soul of a classic blues rocker while the music moves you on down the road in a Woody Guthrie-esque style. I believe Mendelsohn has defined his own musical genre here with rock that twangs and twang that rocks and I love it. I’d like some more please.
—Jessie Lilley
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Ben R.

Excellent
Jere is an excellent guitar picker and excellent song writer. He knows how to craft a good hook! This CD is impressive.
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FAT BASTARD

Unique sound. Familiar influences.
I absolutely loved it. I love the rockabilly / country twang. I love how Jere's created a unique sound out of familiar influences. There's something of a Tom Petty thing in there, a bit of John Hiatt on Rainey, some Buddy Holly, Warren Zevon and Elvis mixed in for a real comfortable feel, but it's all Jere.

I hate being limited to "favorites", but I'm torn between Rainey and One More Kiss. One More Kiss is winning out at the moment, but I'm fickle.

Really solid songs, and great playing. Jere's got a great voice for story telling, and that guitar just sounds better and better with every listen. I can't wait to take this on the road with me. Always sounds better cranked up on the car stereo.

Can't wait to hear what's next from this guy.
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ATM

Tight, nice vocals-twangy but smooth, very good musicians
I saw this band in Redmond OR and listened to their CD and really enjoyed the mix. The vocals are nicely inter-twanged to give a different country sound. The CD was excellent
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peter Holbrook

clam Man
I love this CD for a number of reasons. First, when it comes to rock, like just about everybody I'm a guitar fan. But I especially like intelligent guitar playing, you know, rock and roll but with finesse, sophistication. But also with that "feel" as Tom Waits put it. Mendelsohn appears to have his roots in rockabilly, perhaps, better put, twang, and Springsteen, but that said, he has his own sound, and it's pure. I've had the occasion to hear the gentleman play in person, and of course there is the true test. He's unreal. When he plays his licks, it's like there is a new dimension in the room, suddenly. The playing is fast and technically astute, but also soulful, real, like the mind, heart and soul met in conference and produced this sound. But I don't mean to wax poetic here. The fact is, the playing is extraordinary and the singing ain't bad either. I'm hoping the full CD comes out soon. The four songs here tease too much. Give us more, Jere Mendelsohn. The audience is listening!
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Aimatcha

Wow, I am blown away!
Now here's an up and comer to watch! I recieved the demo and proceeded to play it over and over.... All 4 songs are solid hits.... it's hard to pick my favorite, but I'd have to say "Rainey". Keep 'em coming Jere!
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David Riemer

What is twang? Jere Mendelsohn has the answer in "Top of the World."
You’ll Be On Top of the World

Jere Mendelsohn’s new CD, Top of the World, answers the question, “What is twang?” Twang is American music in the 21st century: electric, steely, lyrical, and
yearning. Touched with the weight of experience, Mendelsohn’s songs rock and reel.

To situate the work, think of country music with a rock foundation. Top of the World is steel guitar without the steel guitar, melded with the instrumental adventurism of Roy Buchanan, wedded to a poetic lyricism with strong ties to such masters as Richard Thompson and John Prine. (If you don’t know who these people are, you need to find out).

Mendelsohn establishes his guitar credentials on the first cut, “Top of the World.” Slashing, ripping, finger-torturing riffs cascade through the tune like sonic waterfalls. The harmonies on the lyric bend and twist like the guitar line: “She-ee’s o-on top of the world.” Along with the melodic, scale-oriented adornments, Mendelsohn harks back to Roy Buchanan’s pedal steel mimicry on his Telecaster, squeezing rich harmonic bendings out of his favorite axe.

The yearning poignancy of ”Rainey” has the haunting quality of a Roy Orbison ballad:
“Baby, I’ll be back with a ring for your finger.” Mendelsohn’s vocal is perfectly matched by the understated instrumental accompaniment.

The emotional center of the collection is “Final Destination,” a lilting, acoustic tribute to mature, committed love: “Ah, darlin’ , you’ve seen every side of me.” The lyrics coupled with a gentle, propulsive accompaniment convey the satisfaction and rewards of a love that has grown over time.

“One More Kiss” rocks the CD out, complete with classic country vocal bends and plaintive upturns of the melody line. Chris Isaak vibrato guitar joins seamlessly with crazy-Mendelsohn, country-tinged arpeggios, serving to establish the twang definitiveness of the collection.

Musicianship is of the first order: Mendelsohn has honed his guitar skills since his teens, like so many kids working out licks note-by-note from vinyl in his room. His journey took him to college in Chicago where he was able to learn from and play with legendary bluesmen and on to LA where he has worked in a variety of venues over twenty years. Accompanied by the finest studio musicians in the industry, bassists Taras Pradaniuk and Brian Netzley and drummers Mike Baird and Matt Laug, the support is flawless. The production of Dave Pepin and Andy Z of the Institute of Noise shows a commitment to getting great music out there and getting it right. Finally, the knob-twisting approach of Joe Gastwirt balances and makes distinct all elements in the mix.

If you want to hear American music, written and performed by a committed and accomplished artist, pick up Top of the World. WARNING: Repeated listening can be harmful to your brain’s jukebox—you may find yourself humming uncontrollably or mentally recreating bedazzling guitar fills. If these symptoms persist, stop listening to Jere Mendelsohn immediately and switch to Felix Mendelsohn.
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Brian Chance/Songwriter

Refreshing
This EP/CD is refreshing and gives hope to anyone still trying to succeed in the biz. Jere's obviously been around and you can "feel" it in these skillfully written tunes and fine quality, slick-lick-laden tracks. One can easily envision riding down some highway listening to "Top Of The World" over and over again. This cut, in particular, belongs on the radio! I'm guessing we'll be hearing more from Mendelsohn. Best "Twang" I've stumbled upon in ages. *****
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