Jay Gonzalez is best known for playing guitar and keyboard in Drive-By Truckers since 2008. He also produces some killer music of his own. His latest single, "(I Wanna) Hold You," showcases his own sound. Instead of the amped up country punk of his other band, "(I Wanna) Hold You" is a mid-tempo power pop song. There might be the slightest twang to the guitar, but Gonzalez is more Big Star goes New Wave than anything else. It's a gorgeous love song that is impossibly compelling, and includes some blistering guitar work, naturally.
You can watch the video for "(I Wanna) Hold You" below. Back to the Hive is due out March 5 on Middlebrow Records. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Jay Gonzalez, check out the artist's website.