Jerry David DeCicca is the singer-songwriter from The Black Swans and producer of records by legendary outsider songwriters from the 1960s and 1970s like Larry Jon Wilson (Monument Records, Heartworn Highways), Ed Askew (ESP-Disk, 1967), and Bob Martin (RCA, 1973).
His debut solo album, Understanding Land, is being self released in spring of 2014.
“With a voice that’s a cross between Leonard Cohen and Mark Lanegan, and a supporting cast that includes Will Oldham, Kelley Deal and Spooner Oldham, Jerry David DeCicca’s solo debut is a minor treat of rich strings and warm songwriting.” 8/10 UNCUT
“a grizzled troubadour of vision and heart” 4/5 The Skinny
“Despite its quiet, and despite the dark feel to these songs, Understanding Land is a deeply comforting collection. Leonard Cohen, who DeCicca in part channels here, said on “Anthem” that “there is a crack in everything, / that’s how the light gets in.” On Understanding Land, to focus on the dark around these songs, is to miss the excellent new cracks DeCicca has given us.” Popmatters
“DeCicca is a careful, precise songwriter, but the songs don’t necessarily sound written. Instead, they seem like they occurred to him naturally and ineluctably.” Pitchfork