Muddy Bottom Blues
Program #250 (July 2 at 8:00pm and July 3 at 3:00pm)
Emerging in the early 2010s, Texas-based duo Jamestown Revival specialize in harmony-laden, Western-tinged Americana-folk songs in the vein of contemporaries like Lone Bellow, Shovels & Rope, and the Lumineers.
Inspired by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Western author Louis L'Amour, among others, the group was formed in 2011 around the talents of childhood friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance.
Growing-up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia, Clay and Chance spent their formative years listening to artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Willie Nelson, the Everly Brothers, and Guy Clark, each eventually carving out his own unique niche as a solo artist.
The duo's eponymous debut long-player, a highly autobiographical collection of indie folk songs, was recorded to tape in a log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, and released via Republic Records in 2014.
The duo kept things closer to home for their sophomore outing. Recorded in Austin, the rootsy, more rock- and pop-oriented Education of a Wandering Man arrived in October 2016. They enlisted Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov) to co-produce their third long-player, San Isabel.
Released in 2019, it featured the singles "This Too Shall Pass" and "Crazy World (Judgment Day)," as well as a cover of the Mamas & the Papas classic "California Dreaming."
(provided by Allmusic)