Jerome Forde’s follow-up to his acclaimed self-titled debut, WINTERTIDE BLUES is another tour de force of pure songwriting. From the plush, Beach Boys-style harmonies of its opener to the bold and dynamic instrumentation of its subsequent tracks, Forde’s impressive second album is a must-hear collection of gritty love songs–as bitter as they are sweet. There is a quiet desperation to them, like that of a man who has lost love (and maybe even his mind), but a desperation infused with an always greater hope in love’s return.

Preview lead single ALL ALONG, as well as MISTAKEN FOR THE DEAD and RETURN TO ME and pre-order the album on his Bandcamp page:

ALL ALONG also has an accompanying video, filmed at Elberta Beach in Elberta, MI by Falia and Jerome Forde:

Jerome Forde is an American singer-songwriter hailing from the upper Midwest. He is the first American to sign with the venerable indie label (weewerk) based out of Toronto and widely known for its work with artists like Great Lake Swimmers, Art Bergmann, Jr. Gone Wild and The Burning Hell. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Forde began writing songs at a young age. At eighteen, he fell in love with a girl, left his hometown, and spent the next decade and a half traveling, studying mystical philosophy, and starting a family. Repulsed by what he describes as the theo-fascist leanings of the American church, Forde abruptly abandoned his brief stint as an ordained minister and moved with his wife and children to the wooded shores of Northern Michigan, where he began writing songs again.

“A vital new voice on the Americana scene” – Glide Magazine

“Pure songwriting” – The Big Takeover

“Simply gorgeous” – Americana UK

“Expertly-crafted indie country record” – Prism Reviews

“You need to hear this album” – Roots Music Canada

“A collection of carefully crafted songs that capture a wealth of musical tradition as well as universal human emotion.”- Wildfire Music