Jesse Tabish Has Laid Out Plans For New Solo Album ‘Cowboy Ballads Part 1’

Out on October 21st, the project finds the Other Lives lynchpin stepping out on his own, constructing a full length project alongside collaborator (and wife) Kim Tabish.

The Oklahoma artist finds inspiration in old Westerns, lifting aspects of Morricone and Mancini’s soundtrack work to augment his own visions of pastoral Americana.

Incoming on Play It Again Sam, new single ‘Castro’ is a beautiful introduction, a lucid, controlled, highly emotional piece of songwriting.

Lyrically, ‘Castro’ was prompted by a close friend who came out to the songwriter, but not to the wider world – due to the strictures of his religious family.



The move, says Jesse Tabish, “which was heartbreaking for him… But one summer, he visited San Francisco, and it really changed him to see such an openly gay community.”

A moment of light, ‘Castro’ moves beyond the darkness to find acceptance. Jesse continues: “I tend to gravitate to gloomier melodies, so I was excited to have a really up, positive song in ‘Castro’ – not that we’re post-Covid, but something warm and kind, with a little bit of hope. An, ‘imagine when this shit is over,’ kind of song.”

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