“So intimate, so vulnerable, so ecstatic, so sad, so romantic, so edgy, so historical, so new, so now, so timeless, so emotionally and musically complex— I think this is Jai’s BEST album.”
—Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti Yoga founder, activist, writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef.
“Dust and Tears is one of the most introspective, profoundly personal albums in the vast catalog of the beloved, world devotional musical innovator Jai Uttal. It is also one of his most boldly adventurous recordings—an inspired synthesis of divine poetry and song from across the ages and around the globe. Over the course of nine pristine tracks, Jai invokes and honors the great singer-saints of India’s Bhakti tradition, the beauty of Old Testament psalmistry and the heartfelt songs of America’s wandering, folk-singing storytellers. Jai’s performance on Dust and Tears hits new heights of ecstatic bliss and plumbs new depths of despair and longing—the voice of a prophet, crying in the wilderness.”
— Alan di Perna, music journalist
“I love ‘Dust & Tears’ — the lyrics, Jai’s voice, the arrangements, the heart, the feelings.”
— Anne Lamott, bestselling author