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Jay Bolotin portion of a nice album review in All About Jazz (Photo of Jay with Mickey Newbury at Exit/In, Nashville '70s)

Fame is an elusive thing. Some make it, and some don't. However, sometimes good songs emerge out of nowhere and lost legends are found again. Singer/songwriters Jay Bolotin and Ted Lucas are good examples of talented songwriters who have remained unknown for a long time, but now get a chance to catch the spotlight thanks to the work of dedicated reissue labels like Delmore Recording Society and Yoga Records. 


Jay Bolotin 
No One Seems to Notice That It's Raining 
Delmore Recording Society 
2018 

Singer/songwriter Jay Bolotin has received praise from the likes of country legend Porter Wagoner and iconic songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury. So far, he has only released his self-titled debut and it disappeared almost immediately at the time of its release, but it has since gained a steady following. The demand for more music has now resulted in a release of lost recordings that now finally find a home in the collection No One Seems to Notice That It's Raining. 

The album is not a haphazard collection of songs, but comes across as a coherent and strong statement from a distinctive songwriter. The influence of the songs of Leonard Cohen is felt in the title song while Bolotin channels Bob Dylan on "Don't Worry About Winning What You've Already Won." It includes striking lines like "You seem somehow confused / as though you somehow mixed the moon up with the sun." 

Elsewhere, Bolotin takes on the poetic folk music of Tim Buckley with elements of jazz in the hushed "Snowman" with gentle vibes. Bolotin says about his inspiration for the song: "I remember walking from Federal Hill up to the east side on one of those snowy nights when the cars don't even bother to try and all goes quiet and still. On the walk back I saw a jazz pianist I admired but somehow knew not to speak to him then. He was staring at a snowman in the park that used to be across from where the train station used to be. He later became a close friend. We never talked about it." 

Like the example with "Snowman," Bolotin's songs are born out of experience and life and just as the understanding of life sometimes gets clearer with age, these songs also seem to have matured like fine wine. They are now ready to be enjoyed with all the depth and nuances that a fine songwriter can provide.