Yes Dear delivers excellent debut album

Yes Dear Album Cover

by Dave Carew

Back in the day—the early 2000’s to be exact—one of the coolest Saturday nights you could come up with in Nashville was catching The Josh Jackson Band at the old Sutler. The “JJB” regularly packed the joint, and gave its big fan base a musical treat time after time after time.

Now Yes Dear—featuring the same Josh Jackson—follows that “musical treat” tradition by releasing its outstanding debut album. Distinctly more country-nuanced than the old JJB—but staying safely clear of Music Row—Yes Dear is a deeply satisfying album you easily could place beside stand-outs from Poco or Pure Prairie League. Brimming with smart, strong songs, electric harmonies, and excellent production, Yes Dear is, in fact, the record you wish the bright lights of country-rock were making today.

In a collection of eight songs featuring no weak link, the two MOST stand-out tracks, for my money, are “Things That Little Girls Do,” and the reworked (from the Josh Jackson Band) “Rosa.” Upon first hearing “Things That Little Girls Do,” I thought “That’s got ‘hit’ written all over it.” Perhaps I might revise that to “instant classic.” Like this entire album, the song demonstrates what gifted people can do when they are serious-minded about music as an art form—but refuse to leave the fun behind.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

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