Born amidst the bustling energy of Houston, raised in six different countries, and now firmly rooted in the heart of New Orleans, Andrew Jobin is a musician whose journey through life is as eclectic as his musical influences. Picking up his first Epiphone Les Paul at the age of 14, Jobin’s self-taught musicality was first ignited by the grunge vibes of Nirvana that resonated from a neighbor’s house down the street. Yet, this earnest singer-songwriter’s current melodies pay homage to iconic lyricists like Justin Townes Earle, John Prine, and Waylon Jennings.
During his tenure at Loyola University New Orleans, Andrew’s penchant for metal’s technical brilliance took a backseat. He found himself enthralled by the raw emotional essence of outlaw country, realizing that pure emotion often struck deeper chords than technical prowess. This shift in perspective led him to hone his unique songwriting craft, blending intricate guitar skills shaped by his metal band days (echoing influences like Black Dahlia Murder and The Faceless) with the heartfelt narratives of country music.
After a hiatus from music, 2021 marked Jobin’s powerful return with the EP Bon Accord, an ode to his Scottish roots and a nod to the neighborhood in Aberdeen his mother once called home. This authentic EP, recorded in the musical heartland of Austin, TX, set the stage for what was to come. Critics lauded Jobin’s authenticity, remarking that he wasn’t “trying to sound like anything that’s not authentic to himself.”
Fast forward to 2023, and Andrew is set to launch The River Above Our House. This album, crafted over three transformative years, is a testament to Jobin’s introspective evolution. It delves deep into themes of control, anxiety, and the perennial search for ‘home.’ Having grown up globe-trotting due to his father’s job and later choosing to settle in Texas and, subsequently, New Orleans, the concept of home has been a fluid yet foundational element in Jobin’s life.
Recorded in the vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, with significant portions inside the iconic Saturn Bar on St. Claude Ave, The River Above Our House is as much a product of the city’s vivacious atmosphere as it is of Jobin’s soulful introspection. Alongside his band, the Crispy Boys, Andrew channels the spirit of New Orleans, creating a mosaic of memories, moments, and melodies.
In Andrew Jobin’s music, you don’t just hear songs – you experience a journey. A journey that spans continents, genres, and emotions. Dive in and let the earnest tales of this New Orleans-based artist resonate with the universal tales of life that lie within us all.
“Bon Accord is a collection of songs that spring from the same fertile musical soil as artists like John Moreland with its foot-stomping old school phrasing one piece like “Joan Love” but then lends itself to an emotional holler with a track like “Eden.” Jobin leans into something I never expected on these tracks; his voice and phrasing don’t remind me of contemporary singers, but more in the realm of singers like Woody Guthrie, especially the Singing Brakeman, Jimmie Rodgers. ” – Farce the Music