JB Elwood has today released his new single titled ‘I Tried’. An affectionate and powerful letter to the self and the one you wished still loved you, ‘I Tried’ delves into that part of the heart that hurts and never seems to heel. Yet, here we are. Still alive. Still breathing and moving forward. Is that inevitable? Is it fate? Maybe it’s us.
‘I Tried’ shows that the past is connected to us because it is part of who we’ve all become. The best journeys have baggage, because it’s filled with all the things we need.
Set to a subtly anthemic piece of music, ‘I Tried’ musically sends the power to the lyrics in a way that’s a memorable as it is mesmerizing.
About ‘I Tried’
Drawing inspiration from the heartache of being cheated on, “I Tried” delves into the raw complexities of navigating the aftermath of a painful breakup. JB Elwood masterfully captures the feeling of being haunted by bittersweet memories that refuse to fade. As he recounts the struggle of ending a relationship tainted by betrayal, he explores the paradox of still feeling deeply connected to the past, even in the face of pain.
The single’s poignant lyrics include the striking line, “You’re gone, but I am still in love with you,” encapsulating the song’s central theme of love’s enduring hold on the heart, even when coupled with disloyalty. The chorus of “I Tried” stands out as a beacon of raw emotion, seamlessly blending an upbeat rhythm with the heartfelt intensity that underlies the song’s meaning. This juxtaposition of anger and longing is woven into every note, leaving listeners captivated by its emotional depth.
The track, written by JB Elwood and produced by Andrew Middleton, incorporates deliberate guitar melodies providing a perfect backdrop to the artist’s introspective lyrics. The instrumentation mirrors the song’s intentionality, echoing the emotional journey portrayed. Through a skillful blend of pop, alternative, and roots influences, JB Elwood elevates the genre, creating a sound that is both familiar and refreshingly unique.
Embarking on a musical odyssey at the age of ten, JB Elwood found his calling in the iconic riffs of Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. This Midwest native’s passion for music was ignited by the resonating chords of “Welcome to the Jungle,” weaving a rich tapestry that drew from his West Virginian lineage. Hailing from a family deeply connected to Appalachian rhythms, JB Elwood’s roots are intertwined with the sounds of fiddles, banjos, and guitars that once serenaded gospel tunes over local airwaves.
While JB Elwood’s journey has taken him through urban landscapes shaped by his father’s profession as a structural engineer, his heart remains firmly rooted in the melodies of the countryside. Settling in Austin, Texas, he found a city that nurtures his creative soul and emboldens his ambitious aspirations. His moniker, “JB Elwood,” pays homage to his visionary grandfather, John Elwood Ball, and his cherished 1960s Gibson Dove guitar, a gift from his other grandfather, which now forms the foundation of Elwood’s songwriting. This fusion of past and present defines his identity, shaped by the essence of family, memory, and life experiences.
About JB Elwood
Inspired by the iconic riffs of Slash from Guns N’ Roses, JB Elwood embarked on his musical journey at the tender age of ten. The reverberating chords of “Welcome to the Jungle” became the catalyst for a deep-rooted passion that drew from the rich musical tapestry of his West Virginian lineage. Descended from a legacy of musicians who strummed the fiddle, banjo, and guitar and serenaded the local radio with gospel, JB Elwood’s heritage is steeped in Appalachian rhythms.
While his birthplace lies in the Midwest’s heart, Elwood’s story is a mosaic of cities, painted by his father’s profession as a structural engineer. Despite these urban landscapes, his heart remains tethered to the melodies of the country. Today, Austin, Texas, resonates as his chosen home—a city that complements his creative spirit and fuels his ambitious dreams.
Affectionately dubbed “JB Elwood,” his stage name is a tribute to his late grandfather, John Elwood Ball—a visionary entrepreneur in southern West Virginia’s coalfields. His grandpa on the other side of his family, Eugene “Poppy” Jackson, a self-taught musician, gifted his treasured 1960s Gibson Dove guitar, an heirloom, that now underpins Elwood’s songwriting. This fusion of his past with his present encapsulates an identity defined by family, memory, and experience.
Elwood’s music is an odyssey of narratives, reminiscent of both the urban cityscapes and the tranquil countryside. His songs bridge divides, weaving tales of love, heartbreak, perseverance, change, trials, and exhilarating journeys. Through JB Elwood’s soulful chords, listeners are invited to find their own stories, making his melodies a universal soundtrack to life.