Stepping into the Spotlight with Jamestown Revival

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising bands from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Austin’s Jamestown Revival. You can catch the band in Boston when they perform at the Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, February 9. Learn more about the band, below.

Band Name: Jamestown Revival

Band Members:
Jonathan Clay: Vocals, Guitar (Magnolia, TX)
Zach Chance: Vocals, Keyboard (Magnolia, TX)

Utah (2014)
The California EP (2013)


How did your form/start?

Jonathan Clay (JC): Quite literally, it started on the back porch of a ranch house in walker Texas. It’s been a long time coming, however, as Zach and I have been friends since the age of 14.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

JC: … Hand Rolled Cigarettes, The Everly Brothers, the great outdoors, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, and good Mexican food.

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

JC: “California” (streaming below) – it’s a good introduction to the story of the last few years.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

JC: It’s typically starts with a long, drawn out conversation between Zach and I when there happens to be a guitar laying around. A cool line or idea will come from the conversation and the melody will usually come concurrently. Sometimes we’ll write an entire song in 15 minutes. Other times it will get strung out over the course of the week.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

JC: It’s called Utah. Quite literally, it’s a live album. We took a whole bunch of gear, guitars, and a few close friends to a cabin up in to the Wasatch mountains. We tracked all the songs live, to tape. All in the same room, with no headphones. Our utmost goal was to truly capture the intimacy and rawness of the performance.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

JC: This year we were invited by the Americana Music Foundation to play a pre-Grammy tribute to the Everly Brothers. We were in the company of legends including Bonnie Raitt and Rodney Crowell. Needless to say, we felt about two feet tall, but it’s a night we’ll hold forever near and dear to our hearts.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

JC: Patience and touring. It’s the primary way we’re building our name, but it has it’s fair share of obstacles. It’s expensive and it’s grueling, but it’s also the most rewarding part of what we do.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

Zach Chance (ZC): Well we grew up just outside of Houston in a small town called Magnolia, so there’s not too many well known musicians from the area. Houston does however lay claim to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, which is sort of like a trump card, and lest we forget Anna Nicole Smith.

What band would you most like to open for?

ZC: Jon and I both could die happy if we ever had the chance to open for John Prine, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Merle Haggard or John Fogerty.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

ZC: That’s a seriously tough question. I guess to name a few we’d say James Taylor, The Pixies, Aerosmith and Boston.

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

ZC: This is our first time as a band performing in the city of Boston so our pallets are pretty clean as far as any impressions go. We’re coming to town with eyes wide open but I can’t help but think of “The Departed” or “Good Will Hunting”.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

ZC: Our live show is best described  under this scenario… If Burt Reynolds mustache had impregnated Sally Fields on the set of “Smokey and the Bandit” and that child grew up reading Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Hemingway and then later in life joined the amateur rodeo circuit to travel the country.

Jamestown Revival will perform at the Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, February 9. Tickets for the show are available in advance for $13 through Ticketmaster.

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