Regardless of where you stand within the political realm - don’t worry this is only a lede - the post-mid-terms America is (to put it lightly) is in a state of flux. People are left to their own devices, consigned to one side having dominion over another, or at least the perception of it. It’s moments like these that benefit greatly from something escapist, something upbeat, and uniquely familiar.
I suppose now would be the time to say “that’s where Jackson Bruck & the Dukes of Hume” come in “to save the day,” or something to that effect. While it is rote in premise, the sentiment does ring true - Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume have a new single that is no muss, no fuss, vintage rock n roll; like something The Boss would have conceived.
Realistically, comparing Bruck & The Dukes directly to someone of Springsteen’s ilk would be a disservice to the “Nashville rock” band, so keep in mind, Bruce is merely a reference point. But to that point, “Right Where I Want You” does resemble the spirit of a Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. tune - a group of rock n roll upstarts bet on themselves with a full-fledged arena ready tune, despite not being even a year away from winning Music City Mayhem. But that’s beside the point.
Ultimately, the merit of the tune stands on it’s own, much like Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume themselves. “Right Where I Want You” is party music without pretense, and truly is ready to be sung at the top of one’s lungs, without any self-consciousness of whether or not you’re in tune with the person beside you. It doesn’t matter, because the song is good.
It’s a song that - whether it means to or not - eaves anyone not singing look like the fool (not all that dissmilar to the one referenced within the song). Maybe that’s the gang vocals in the chorus, or the sing-along ready melody line, either way, it’s right on track. In understanding Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume’s recent string of small victories in and around town, the song is an utter and unequivocal success.
There is a part of me that wants to make some sort of grand gesture or assertive comparison of “Right Where I Want You” to Tom Petty or some millennial version of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but again, that’d be unfair to Bruck & The Dukes of Hume. Realistically, the best description would be that “Right Where I Want You” is a song that is utterly infectious while being totally familiar. It’s a song that pays enough homage to those of whom its influence borrows, while providing enough new breath for those who will follow. It’s self-indulgent, while being simultaneously aware. In a nutshell, it’s a classic for the modern age, and a damn good one at that.
Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume are:
Sten “Sten” Nisswandt
Kyle “Corky” Clouse