Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and Waco native, now Nashville-based songwriter Jarrod Dickenson, can spin a yarn with the best of them. Known for his soulful vocals and ability to blend a variety of instruments and influences into one signature sound, Dickenson released his newest album, Ready The Horses, in late May.
“‘Take It From Me’ is a soul tune, or my attempt at one, anyway,” Dickenson says about his new single from the album. “Around the time I was writing this song I was listening to a lot of the classic recordings that came out of Stax and Muscle Shoals in the ‘60s, and I think that music was a pretty clear influence on this song. I wanted punchy horn parts and a great groove—big organ swells and slide guitar. This was a lot of fun to record, and is one of my favorite songs from the record to sing live.
“Thematically, it’s a song to which I think most anyone who has ever been in a romantic relationship can relate. If you’re with someone long enough you’re going to fight, you’re going to argue, and I’ve yet to meet anyone who likes admitting that they just might be wrong. This song is simply saying, in a slightly humorous way, that you won’t solve anything by kicking and screaming. Put aside your pride, and talk it out. As The Beatles said, ‘Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting.'”
DittyTV is happy to offer this world premiere video for “Take It From Me” here, and then tune in to The Curve Wednesday night, June 17, at 11/10c for the DittyTV Debut.