Jody Stapleton might not be drinking hot and cold running champagne from a solid gold faucet, but he’s certainly achieved a measure of critical success over the years.
The frontman/songwriter for The Stapletons, Cash Flagg and The Generals has amassed a few Cincinnati Entertainment Awards that require occasional dusting, and he may have to make a little room on the mantle for more with the release of his first ever solo album, Wolf Angel, recorded with and by some of his oldest friends.
Stapleton channeled his father’s love of traditional Country in the vein of Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce and Sonny James, and his newfound interest in Gospel, represented by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers and the Bluegrass-touched hallelujah of The Principles. As a result, Wolf Angel is a moody and contemplative set of songs that spans the broad spectrum of what constitutes Americana, refracted through the dual prisms of Stapleton’s contemporary perspective and his longstanding influences.
Jody Stapleton celebrates his new album release Saturday at The Comet with Jeff Roberson and The Stapletons. More info: cometbar.com.