Currently best known as the keyboardist for the Drive-By Truckers, Jay Gonzalez's effortless ability and simpatico with that outstanding ensemble belies his pop heritage. Long-time fans, though, know his catchy, melodic work with bands like Nutria and the sorely underrated The Possibilities.
Mess of Happiness, Jay's first full-length solo album, distills this innate pop sensibility into a bevy of flavors, from soft AM gold to insanely memorable power pop, with multi-instrumentalist Gonzalez doing most of the heavy lifting. Recorded at his home in Athens, Georgia, Mess of Happiness exemplifies the pop sensibility and craftsmanship of songwriters like Emitt Rhodes, Todd Rundgren, and Paul McCartney.
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