Flirting with country-rock as he does here on his fourth album Dixie Blur, it's an unsurprising move for an artist so fascinated with Americana. Undoubtedly his most explicit journey into this world; be it the drivetime rock of Tom Petty , the story-telling of Springsteen, or the ambitious whimsy of Van Dyke-Parks. Even looking at the album sleeve you can tell Wilson has been getting with The Byrds ' 1968 country-rock masterpiece Sweetheart of The Rodeo more than a little.
After Jonathan Wilson released 2018's wonderful Rare Birds, he realized he'd taken his third album of Topanga Canyon psychedelia-drenched singer/songwriter sound to its zenith, and needed a new direction. He found it inadvertently while appearing on NPR's eTown with Steve Earle. The elder songwriter advised him to travel to Nashville and take advantage of its top-notch studio aces.