Duo Jamestown Revival's Warm and Outdoorsy Americana Comes to Top Cats

Calling on inspiration from the likes of Willie Nelson and Louis L’Amour, Jamestown Revival offers an immersive experience

click to enlarge Jamestown Revival - Photo: Paul Pryor
Photo: Paul Pryor
Jamestown Revival

People who doubt that music has the ability to transport you to a different place have clearly never spent time with Jamestown Revival’s three near-perfect albums. The first time I heard Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance’s “California (Cast Iron Soul)” filter through my car radio, I was taken back to my time in the Golden State. The warm guitars and harmonies align with every hour I’ve ever spent squinting into the sun on Interstate 5. Their entire freshman album, Utah, kept minds and spirits thoroughly grounded in the West. Their newest project, San Isabel, is no different.

The duo recorded their latest batch of radio-worthy Americana at Ward Lodge Studios, overlooking Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest. Songs like “This Too Shall Pass” and “Harder Way” make it obvious that the pair, known for their outdoorsy nature, spent some songwriting time in the hills and mountains of SINF. When you spend enough time soaking up the solitude, you start to think about all that life has to offer… and all it can strip away. The give and take of life, along with the idea of taking time to acknowledge it, plays a major role in the themes of San Isabel

Just as the duo set out to Colorado to disconnect from social media and connect with nature, a night with Jamestown Revival requires the same so-called sacrifice. Calling on inspiration from the likes of Willie Nelson and Louis L’Amour, Jamestown Revival offers an immersive experience. Seeing Chance and Clay live is best done without the filter of your phone’s camera. Like your favorite pair of broken-in jeans, Jamestown Revival deserves your utmost appreciation before the crotch rips and the music fades. 

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. $20. Top Cats, 2820 Vine St., Corryville, topcatscincy.com.

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