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Jack Ingram Should be an Even Bigger Star!

Nashville: Having hit the top 15 with the anthemic “That's A Man” and enjoying the fastest moving single of his career “Barefoot & Crazy,” Jack Ingram returns to the studio with producer Jay Joyce to add a couple last minute tracks to Big Dreams & High Hopes, which is quickly becoming one of the=2 0most anticipated releases of the fall. Having already recorded with roots songwriting icon Radney Foster and mainstream powerhouse Jeremy Stover, as well as a stirringly lovely duet with singer/songwriter Patty Griffi n, the opportunity to work with the more rock-leaning Joyce spoke to a piece of Ingram that is as much a part of him as the #1 “Wherever You Are.”

“I do come out of the clubs and the bars and the roadhouses,” Ingram says of what Joyce, who recently helmed Chris Young's critically-heralded album, brings to the mix. “I come from a place where you do rock a little harder; you do make those guitars sting a bit. The more I looked at what we're doing, what we've done, the more I realized that maybe that piece of me wasn't on this album yet… and to me, I really wanted to give my fans a full representation of who - and what -- I am. And this is a piece of me that is very much something Jay really understands.”

As a true Texan, Ingram does indeed have many aspects. He's as comfortable with the acoustic intimacy of a Guy Clark as he is with the jukebox'n'car radio smoothness of George Strait - and somewhere to the left of all that is the unbridled surge of what Waylon Jennings ignited, prompting the
Los Angeles Times to deem Ingram a “rocky tonker"

Having toured with Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith, Ingram is comfortable anywhere music takes him. But like all artists, there are s ome places that just feel more like home - and the for the man who took 15 years of one nighters, broken white lines and a lot of songs to be deemed the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male, his sweetest spot may well be with the guitars turned up and the drums sounding like gun shots.

“Anyone who's been out to our shows knows… we come to get the job done,” Ingram admits. “When we get up on that stage, it's Saturday night - no matter what night of the week it is - and we're gonna play as hard as we can. There's no feeling in the world like seeing a bunch of people really hitting that zone, you know that place where they are as alive as they're ever gonna be… and for me, the one place where I can help people get there is playing music. So that's what we do… but that sense of hitting hard like that is a tricky thing to capture in the studio. It's one of the things, though, that sets Jay apart.”

With a late August release on the books,
Big Dreams & High Hopes marks the culmination of Ingram's journey from Texas to something greater. Embracing a vast array of emotions, sounds and songs, the man who notched CMT's Wide Open Country Award a few years back realizes his most diverse record to date. Or as Ingram himself will say,=2 0“It's taken me my whole life to get here - and I want to make sure that what I give the fans is a complete picture of who I am. Good or bad, however you take it, this is me… and it's a lot of different pieces, but that's a lot of how I got here.”

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