Jamestown Revival (from the album San Isabel available on Thirty Tigers)
Recording their latest release at Ward Lodge Studios in Buena Vista, Colorado, Jamestown Revival named the album San Isabelin gratitude for the location view that looked out over the San Isabel National Forest. The sound of Jamestown Revival mirrors the environment, the deep echoes rising from “Winter’s Lament” shuddering as is feels summer breezes call while “This Too Shall Pass” taps out a front porch singalong with scratchy chords and mountain wisdom. Jamestown Revival had set goals heading into the studio for San Isabel, sharing that ‘we wrote this record with sort of an overarching theme, which is cutting out the noise for a minute and maybe stepping away from social media, from the internet and from the complicated, busy nature of most of our lives—and focusing on existing for a minute. If this record inspires people to do a little bit of that, then we would be really happy with that result’.
Sonically,San Isabel wraps raggedy Folk rhythm around “Crazy World (Judgment Day)”, opening the album with a story that features humans and their nature. Jamestown Revival pick out dusty chords to ask “Who Hung the Moon”, introducing “Mayday Man” on a traintrack beat as they create a symphonic moment for their cover of “California Dreamin’” with sweeping string flourishes and choral vocals. Core members Jonathan Clay (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, steel guitar, bass) and Zach Chance (vocals, acoustic guitar) are joined on San Isabel with a band that features co-producer Jamie Mefford (juno, acoustic guitar, banjo, background vocals) along with Nick Bearden (bass, Ed Benrock (drums, percussion, background vocals), Psyche Dunkhase (cello), John Gringsby (bass), Dan Reckard (wurlitzer, organ, piano, accordion) and Rachel Sliker (violin, viola). The additional instrumentation organically blends with the natural acoustics of Jamestown Revival, the music cradling a daughter of California in “Something That You Know” as voices rise above whispered fingerpicking for “Harder Way” and coax the rhythms from “Killing You, Killing Me” with a quilt pattern of notes and percussion.
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