The story of Jamestown Revival feels suited for the dog-eared pages of a timeless American novel.
Chapter one opens with Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance meeting in Magnolia, TX at 15-years-old. Fast friends, the duo attended college together, started Jamestown Revival, and traded their home state for Los Angeles, CA in late 2011. By 2014 they released their debut album UTAH (which included the hit single ‘ California (Cast Iron Soul))’ , built a committed fan base with countless road shows, and received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal . They were named iTunes “Best of 2014: Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year,” graced the sound stages of Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson , and performed at some of America’s legendary music festivals including Coachella , Austin City Limits , Bonnaroo , Bottlerock Festival , and Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic.
“ UTAH opened a lot of doors for us and put us on the road for the first time,” says Zach. “We learned how to play for a crowd and how to perform.”
But when it came time to record their second album, The Education Of A Wandering Man (featuring the hit track “ Love Is A Burden ”), the band found themselves in a different place.
“This album is like chapter two,” agrees Jonathan. “The story begins at the point where we decided to head back to Texas. We wrote many of the songs when we were entering a different phase of our lives. We settled back into Austin, and my wife and I had our first child. That was a big shift. It was all about leaving behind our last bastion of adolescence, if you will.”
This process resulted in The Education Of A Wandering Man looking back at the journey of the band’s past. The record chronicles the lessons learned and the experiences that color the life-lived along the way. The album is simply a continuation of Jamestown Revival’s ongoing story. “We’ll be writing and telling stories until we’re six feet under,” reveals Jonathan. “This album is just the next step on the path.”
That path will see Jamestown Revival releasing a new live album (“Live At Largo at the Coronet Theatre”) this Spring, along with new music later this year.