Jamestown Revival

In the southern Colorado mountains sits the bucolic village of Weston, an unincorporated community located on the Highway of Legends Byway.

Fort Desolation Fest is back this June 8-10, giving attendees three days to explore the Capitol Reef National Park area and three nights to enjoy live music in the red rocks of Cougar Ridge Resort.

Jamestown Revival are well into a tour that fills up their calendar deep into March. They are promoting their new stripped down release “Young Man”. The new album is the first project by the duo without electric guitars, leaving a lot of room to emphasize their skillful songwriting, intricate finger picking styles, and stunning vocals. “Young Man" has been carefully crafted, beautifully produced, and a refreshing example of musicianship.

When Americana folk duo Jamestown Revival began mapping out their new album a game-changing decision was made: leave out the electric guitars and heavy production and let the songs speak for themselves. The end product is something unlike anything the group has previously released and it's available to stream or purchase today.

Before the fiddle plays a thoughtful refrain, and before the steel guitar and soft back beat sneak in for the second verse, the close harmony of Jamestown Revival’s new song “Working On Love” encompasses everything that makes bandmates Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance so beloved in today’s roots music scene. Everything else is just lagniappe.

With a swaggering waltz, close harmonies, and a wealth of slide guitars, Jamestown Revival has perfectly encapsulated the dog days of feeling stranded by the events of the last two years in their brand new single, “These Days.” Straddling the line of good-time music and down-and-out feelings, “These Days” feels universal; a blurry memory of a worldwide shared experience, albeit a little closer to home for those who found themselves out of work for months on end.

Jamestown Revival have made the quietest record of their career with Young Man, yet it may resonate the most. Recorded in their home state of Texas, it is their first project without electric guitars, with the emphasis instead on skillful songwriting, flawless harmony, and intricate fingerpicking. In addition, it’s the first time that bandmates Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance have created an album with a producer—in this case, Robert Ellis, a fellow Texan and a recording artist in his own right.

When the recording process of their new EP, Fireside With Louis L’Amour, was all said and done, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival took on the challenge of distilling a half-dozen tales from The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories from 30-page adventures down to three and a half minute songs.

The frontier stories of American novelist Louis L’Amour have been an influence on Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival since the band’s formation. At the age of 23, both Clay and Chance read L’Amour’s memoir, The Education Of A Wandering Man, and since then, fans haven’t had to dig very deep to find their hat tips to the late, great legend.

Jamestown Revival’s highly anticipated new album, San Isabel, will be released June 14 on Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order.

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