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Trainer combines thick, prolific guitar riffs and stark lyricism, while drawing on the traditions of funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia to craft a modern classic. The singer/songwriter possesses a unique ability to effortlessly negotiate tone and volume, moving from a quiet, almost jazzy timbre to a booming thunder at any given moment. The effect calls to mind the masters of several genres of rock music. 

To achieve this, Trainer pulls from his roots: blues revivalists, folksy protest songs, classic songwriters and classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. But the aspect that grabs both music lovers and critics is the additional elements ranging from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper, Chris Whitley and Joe Bonamassa. His unique combination of genre-defying compositions and free-form jams have been causing a stir in the Bay Area scene. 

Having shared the stage with national acts including North Mississippi All Stars, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress (founding member of The Greyboy Allstars), Eric McFadden (former touring member of George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars), Cowboy Mouth and Vinyl, Jay Trainer has created a new foothold in the West Coast music scene with a rare combination of infectious backbeats and guitar driven grooves. 

The live show is what Trainer is known for. His performances are raw, personal and uninhibited. It is clear from this album, A Whisper of Ruin, that he has brought this same energy to the studio. Tracks like “The Southern Winds” and “Lovely In Black” capture the emotion and expression of his live performance. The tracks “Wide Open Eyes” and “Last December Dance” show Trainer’s ability to use the studio like an additional member of the band. A veteran of countless recording sessions, his “get it in the first take” approach has paid off and is bringing back a great sense of honesty to rock ‘n’ roll.

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Jay Trainer performs with a raw intensity that took me back to the classic rock days...His guitar playing is some of the best out there - a must see!”

— Bren Denoit, Indie Reviews