Brisbane singer/songwriter Jordan Merrick has continued to ride a creative wave through the pandemic. Today we premiere his sophomore album, Waiting Blues, ahead of its release on Friday. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, historically he has glided between folk, country, blues and roots genres. As the name might suggest Waiting Blues warmly embraces the blues, a genre well suited to the subject matter at hand which is a reflective look at the crisis the world has faced over the last two years.
Merrick tackles the feelings of isolation, fear, loneliness and longing that has been universal during these times. With his lyrical prose, warm voice and quality guitar playing, the eight tracks take us through the gamut of emotions most of us have felt in the last couple of years. Merrick has injected some well-placed humour, with the dark and swaggering “Lonelier Than You” taking aim at the conspiracy theories that swept the internet. Even Elon Musk cracks a mention. “Gods Song” is a stripped-back song of raw beauty, as he asks the big questions of our times.
Of the album, Merrick states: “‘Waiting Blues’ is asking the question of listeners – do you want to wait for change, pray to God and reminisce on times gone, or do you want to fight for the life you want and make your own change?”
On Waiting Blues Merrick has cemented himself as one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters. You can pre-order Waiting Blues HERE, ahead of its release on Friday, 5th November 2021. In the meantime, enjoy our sneak preview.