Los Angeles-based folk/rock duo Jamestown Revival recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Jamestown Revival's Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance discussed recording their debut album, Utah: A Collection Of Recorded Moments From The Wasatch Mountains, and the "masters" who inspired the sound. Jamestown Revival also performed a brief set, including "Medicine."
"We wanted to take notes from the masters like Guy Clark and John Prine, and we wanted to mix that with a little bit of rock edge from Creedence [Clearwater Revival] or the [Rolling] Stones," said Clay. "We also wanted to make people feel like when they listen to the record that they're sitting in the room with us."
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Clark, Prine and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as Willie Nelson and the Everly Brothers, Jamestown Revival were formed in Magnolia, Texas, by childhood friends Chance and Clay. The duo relocated to Austin before eventually moving to Los Angeles where they began writing songs for their debut album. Released Feb. 11, Utah was recorded to tape over five days in a log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The album features 11 tracks co-written by the duo, including "Medicine" and the single "California (Cast Iron Soul)." Utah peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Jamestown Revival are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through November.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Great Guitars: Pete Anderson (July 30), Omar Souleyman In Conversation With Henry Rollins (Aug. 3), The Drop: Billy Joe Shaver (Aug. 7), and An Evening With Bobby Rush (Aug. 11).