Cruel & Unusual
\·Pampelmoose Records national recording artist with national distribution ·Winner in the 2003 OSCA Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition ·2004 Best Bets Live Act Austin American Statesman ·2005 Austin Chronicle Recommended Live Acts ·2005 Dallas Observer Music Awards Nominee "Best Roots Rock" "Best Songwriter" ·2005 RED Magazine Best Live Act in Dallas ·2006 Dallas Morning News Under The Radar Breakout Artist ·2006 Dallas Observer Music Awards Nominee "Best Roots Act" ·Last Album "Broken Furniture" spent three consecutive weeks in the National Americana Roots Music Report Top 40 Radio Charts ·Jayson's music has been featured in the film "Handicapped Horror." "Cruel & Unusual by Jayson Bales is one of the must-have CDs of the year. I'm talking all CDs put out by all people on planet earth during it's most recent revolution around the sun." Blair Lovern -TexasGigs.com "The release of Cruel & Unusual marks a milestone for Mr. Bales. It traipses around the musical map. It's dark, moody, power pop and brooding rock with a slight country flavor and sardonic lyrics." Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News "Jayson Bales is a talented artist...You'll be hearing lots more about this great new album (Cruel & Unusual) soon." FineLineLive.com A damn fine songwriter. His style is much like early Robert Keen. I can readily recommend Jayson." Dave Oberman, KUT/NPR Radio Austin "Folk-rock has a promising new voice in Dallas. Singer-songwriter Jayson Bales merges pensive lyrics, plenty of catchy hooks and an airy, energetic and organic sound. Mr. Bales and his musical mates charm an audience with good, old-fashioned presence and chops." BELO National News Networks "Bales has worked hard at his craft. His country-based-but-twangless story songs-sometimes melancholy, sometimes rocking-are solid too. He deserves a big audience." Tom Geddie Buddy Magazine "He displays a literary deftness with his story-songs that few songwriters today possess let alone attempt. The song 'El Capitan de Galveston' is one of the best I've heard this year." Rockzillaworld Music Reviews "His writing sets him apart from fellow Texas musicians." Chip Chandler, Amarillo Globe News "The music is tight and focused, Bales' vocals are strong and confident and the songwriting shows an inspired artist working at the top of his form." J. Poet.