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Albums Of The Week: Jaimi Faulkner | Allen Keys & Broken Bits

The Australian-born, German-based singer-guitarist hits the sweet spot between Americana, rock, pop, blues, soul and more on his approachable seventh studio set.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Jaimi Faulker is a talented singer and songwriter and accomplished guitarist who is equally at home on electric and acoustic instruments. Capable of presenting beautiful ballads on the one hand and powerful, grooving songs on the other, his work covers the spectrum while hitting the sweet spot between Americana, pop, rock, blues, soul and more.

As an impressive live performer, Faulkner has been able to entertain audiences not only as a headliner of his own right, but along side musical heavy weights like Paul Young, Chris Isaac, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Vonda Shepard, Tom Odell, Tony Joe White, Max Giesinger and The Holmes Brothers.

From 2019 to present Faulkner used the forced break in live performances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to offer high-quality streaming concerts from his studio to his fans as well as starting a family and recording his seventh studio release Allen Keys & Broken Bits. His latest musical offering combines excellent guitar playing, profound lyrics, to-the-point songwriting with his emotive and soulful voice. Always evolving, every facet of his sound has been stretched a little further, explored more intensively and at times re-invented.

“Becoming a father is a life-changing experience,” he says. “After the birth of my daughter, I reevaluated myself as a person. I became aware of my own mortality and the importance of respect, love, honesty and self-improvement. This deep self-reflection has inspired me to write songs that are perhaps a bit darker and deeper lyrically than on previous albums. It shows in the songs This Masquerade, Catch Me If You Can, All Roads Lead To Rome and Wildfire.”

By the time that he relocated to Europe from his native Melbourne in 2010, Faulkner had already racked up an impressive list of credits as a powerful, soulful singer, exceptional guitarist and songwriter of great potential. His debut album Last Light (2004) garnered rave reviews in Australia and received considerable airplay. Faulkner devoted the next years to extensive live performance, both as a solo artist and as support with touring acts such as Chris Whitley and Chris Isaak, and was nominated to represent Australia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

His next album Kiss and Ride (2009) underlined his growing abilities as a songwriter, producer and arranger and brought Jaimi to the attention of European audiences for the first time. The chemistry was right and after a couple of successful tours in Germany and the Netherlands he made the decision to move to Berlin and explore what life there had to offer. Faulkner’s other notable recent releases include 2015’s Up All Night and 2017’s Back Road, featuring his long-time backing band of Leon Den Engelsen on piano and Hammond organ, Judith Renkema on bass and Luuk Adams on drums.”