Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down
“Got Dressed Up to be Let Down,” the new album from St. Louis-based country songwriter Jack Grelle (Grell-EE), paints the picture of true Americana with depth and variety. Largely sculpted by 70s honky-tonk, the album weaves through diverse influences such as cajun, tejano, rock & roll and folk to create a passionately comprehensive interpretation of a classic sound. The songs are carefully crafted with contributions from an assortment of musicians including the South City Three (Pokey LaFarge) and John Horton (The Bottle Rockets). The arrangements include pedal steel, piano, fiddle and harmonica.
As Grelle’s new album switches from waltzes to two-steps and rockers, the insight and intelligence in his lyrics remain consistent. Jack’s songs range in topic from celebrating the life of his recently-deceased grandmother to romance in South America, and he shows an integrity and courage that mirror his punk rock upbringing by tackling such topics as freedom in femininity and the tragedy of police killings that plague the African-American community.
“St. Louis country artist Jack Grelle is no stranger to the grittier fringes of the genre… Got Dressed Up to Be Let Down [is] an ambitious new LP that contrasts a traditional country sound with subversive, thought-provoking lyrics.”– American Songwriter
“Jack Grelle may sound like your typical heartland troubadour, but listen closely and it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to his music than meets the ear. [His] ability to veer from down home balladry to south of the border interludes, to Cajun revelry and rollicking refrains makes this an album worthy of repeated listens.” – No Depression
“Grelle has made a name for himself throughout the past year by combining diverse influences — everything from Cajun music to Americana to folk to classic rock ‘n’ roll… The St. Louis-based singer-songwriter has found an exciting way to breathe fresh air into ’70s honky-tonk.” – The Boot