“It just happened,” says Jonathan Clay, describing how he and his childhood pal Zach Chance came to form Jamestown Revival. Inevitable, perhaps, as the pair grew up playing music together in Magonolia, Texas, a small town outside of Houston, and spent a lot of time further out in the country on some family land. Each progressed as a solo artist, but as Chance explained on Last Call with Carson Daly, “It was more fun to play music on the road with my best friend than to do it by myself,” to which Jonathan quickly added, “Yeah, touring by yourself sucks.”
Jamestown Revival based itself here in Austin, forging a sound that Jonathan has said, “at the center, it’s harmonies, but I think over that it’s sort of a southern-tinged folk rock.” They found new adventure and inspiration in California, where the songs for their debut album were written. The album was recorded in a log cabin in the mountains of Utah, performed live to tape. A 4-song preview EP, California, was released in October. The full album, UTAH, is slated for a February release.
You can hear Jamestown Revival perform on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley this Wednesday, January 8th, at 11:15 am Pacific Time; the band will also be performing on Conan next Monday, January 13th. They’re also lined up to play at SXSW 2014 and Jamestown Revival will be the featured band on this week’s episode of Americana World Headquarters, Mondays at 6 & 12 CST here on SXSWfm. Listen on your mobile device or desktop by clicking here.
Jamestown Revival photo by Josh Franer