Have you ever thought about slowing down to take in the views of a cross-country train ride? Better yet, have you ever had the time? Mr Jukes, the soul and funk-infused Jack Steadman, shares his train-worthy tracks for a slow-paced journey across the US.
Once frontman for indie-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, London-born Jack Steadman, along with the rest of his bandmates, subbed out of the group to pursue his own venture: the creation of Mr Jukes. Jumping ship, Jack spent time on the water daydreaming about his next steps. With the help of a friendly novel, and a longstanding history of a heart for jazz, Mr Jukes was born.
Immediately following his journeys, Jack spent two years hoarding inspiration. Mr Jukes evolved through Jack’s roles as an artist, composer, producer and sample-hound. His debut album, God Sent, features a collection of those hoarded inspirations from the depths of Jack’s impressive record collection. Features with Charles Bradley, Horace Andy, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lalah Hathaway, and De La Soul align to make this one note-worthy jazz record.
So how did Mr Jukes find himself sitting in a train car for 48 hours? Well, like his love for jazz and his history of long journeys, Mr Jukes is enamored with a slower lifestyle - one in which he can draw inspiration from and expand his mind through. Of the experience Mr Jukes says this:
“This is a playlist I put together for a journey I made from Los Angeles to Chicago aboard Amtrak’s ‘Southwest Chief.’ It took two days and two nights and I got to see half the country pass by my window while I listened to these songs. You experience quite a unique atmosphere onboard long distance trains, chatting to people you would have never met otherwise, people very different to yourself. I sat in the dining car with Mormons from Colorado, Trump supporters from Arizona, train nerds from New York, just getting to know each other while eating steaks and drinking beer. This kind of journey is very much under threat, with constant cuts to long distance train travel in favor of cheap subsidized air travel. I would say now’s the time to go and see what it’s like. It’s a very eye-opening experience.”
Sit back, relax, and be taken back in time with Mr Jukes playlist below: