On his third record, Mountain Time, the Woodstock-area songwriter/producer Jules Taylor quickly announces the turf: a kind of high-drama ambient American rock with equal parts grit and ether. Its affinities are many: Wilco, Calexico, Ryan Adams, Drive-by Truckers, Neil Young…do I need to continue? What the references don’t necessarily suggest is how nicely crafted and layered these relatively crunchy, hard-rocking tracks are: dark, shimmering, electric desert snarl; good stuff, well-played and even-better-conceived. It is not hard to imagine any of these songs showing up in a stylized modern Western.
Jules Taylor and his band celebrate the release of Mountain Time with a show on Saturday, May 19 at the Love Bites Café, located at 69 Partition Street in Saugerties. Joining Taylor on this stacked bill are the Mead Mountain Resonators and John Holt’s long-running songwriting project Hallow Dog. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13.50. For more information, visit www.projules.com.