Jason Eady, "Calaveras County"
Taking its name from the location of a music festival he once played in Northern California, "Calaveras County" finds Americana troubadour Jason Eady in a jauntier, more lighthearted mood than the gritty storytelling of his self-titled LP from 2017. Eady shares vocals with his wife Courtney Patton as he relays a feel-good encounter with the kindness of strangers. No mere optimist's parable, the song — the first from a new record due August 10th, I Travel On — is based on an episode from Eady's own childhood when his father's truck ran out of gas during a family trip. J.G.