Folk Singer Henry Jamison Tells a 'Juxtaposed Story' of Quitting Drinking in 'Sunlit Juice': Exclusive

Patrick McCormack
Henry Jamison

Burlington, Vermont-based folk singer/songwriter Henry Jamison’s anecdotal songs are written like the Great American Novel. He crafts his lyrics with metaphor, juxtaposition, and a certain poeticism resonant of vagabond folk heroes or members of the literary canon -- a familial tradition, coming from a long history of writers like Civil War-era songwriter George Frederick Root or 14th Century British poet John Gower.

On Thursday (Aug. 10), the emerging artist shares “Sunlit Juice,” the latest song off his upcoming debut record The Wilds, out Oct. 27 via Akira Records. The new track radiates the warmth of a sunrise over a Northeastern town captured by the endearing sound of Jamison’s gentle voice and its organic Americana sound. Like his other narrative-driven singles, “Sunlit Juice” unfolds like a grand story through a play on words and allusions to reveal his experience wrestling with the magnetic pull of the willful ease of alcohol, but unwavering denial of its after effects.

"'Sunlit Juice' is maybe the most crystallized example of what most of my songs do," Jamison says of the song. "It's a simple everyday story juxtaposed with (or framed by) symbolism."

The song's concept was inspired by Jamison's experience with cutting back on alcohol after his girlfriend stopped drinking. "For a while it beckoned me back as this bright, orgiastic thing that started to symbolize spontaneity,” he recalls. “Alcohol comes out both as a symbol of spontaneity and freedom-from-ego but also paradoxically as an overly sunny drink-of-denial, denying the wildness in its own way. It's one or the other, or both, but the song doesn't know how to answer that question, which is maybe part of why it clocks in at under three minutes."

Listen to “Sunlit Juice” below.