Jammer: Winchester 7 & the Runners – “The Song That You Sing” is refreshingly free of modern convention

“All for one, one for all”, is not just a phrase, but a way of life for Georgia-based musician Winchester 7, who is accompanied in his projects by his alter egos, better known as the Runners, made up of Phil Voorhees (bass) who resides in Amsterdam, and Jack Kane (drums) who is itinerant in the UK. Winchester 7 & the Runners recently sent out the pre-release singles “Ever Said” and “The Song That You Sing”, which are to be included in an upcoming EP. Choosing a favorite out of these two, or any other Winchester 7 & the Runners songs, is a difficult task; they’re quite different from each other, and all are excellent in their own right.

With their curious, angular ukulele-driven rock songs, the hyper-literate lyrics and laconic vocals of their lead singer, Winchester 7 & the Runners are hard to fit into any one box. What strikes the listener about “The Song That You Sing” is how refreshingly free of modern convention it is, in terms of both structure and sound. It has nothing, but somehow everything, to do with this era of rock n’ roll.