Nobody does California Americana the way that Jamestown Revival do. Formed by Texans Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, their rootsy blend of back porch Texas rock and full fledged Americana with a hint of western flair, pleases audiences from coast to coast. That became blatantly obvious when they hit the stage during Way Over Yonder this past weekend in Santa Monica. The folk festival caters to the west coast scene, bringing in artists that not only appeal to folk music enthusiasts, but ones that have brought their hype to the hearts and minds of the eclectic California coast. Jamestown fits into the latter bracket perfectly.
Their set encompassed a mix of music that would appeal to any of the fans in the audience. From the finger-picking acoustics of “Fur Coat Blues” to the rambling sunshine tinged “California,” they’re one of those bands that let the honesty of their own journey bleed into each and every song they write. The calming sound of “Medicine” is a reflective piece about the pressure of living in a big city, and how it can make you long fo something simple and real. Even with the beach as a backdrop to the festival, their poignant performance could have made any of us wander off for a mountain retreat after the fact. They mixed it up with a cover of Creedence Clearwater’s “Born On The Bayou,” proving that they can rock a crowd just as easily as they can serenade one.
I’ve seen Jamestown Revival a number of times over the past few years, and not only does their band get fuller, but their performances get more real. They pour their heart into every note and let their voices drip wildly across each melody, making for one unforgettable performance after another.
Jamestown Revival’s full length album “Utah” is available now.
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