Feature: Jamestown Revival – My 5 Biggest Influences

For our latest ‘My 5 Biggest Influences’ feature, we spoke to Jonathan Clay of Texas duo Jamestown Revival, who release their new album, San Isabel, on June 14th

‘My 5 Biggest Influences’ is when we talk to some of our favourite upcoming and established artists, delving into their greatest influences and inspirations, to see how bands, records, tracks, friends & family, hobbies and even environments have impacted on their work and music

More about the new record below, but first, here are Jonathan’s 5 Biggest Influences…

My Father & Mother

They showed me what love looks like. Both towards each other, and from a parent to a child. I’m talking about true, unconditional love – the kind that endures the daily shit show we call life. That was (and still is) my foundation. My father is also my first guitar hero. He used to play and sing to me as a kid. I grew up thinking that was part of normal life. It took me a while to realize how much of an impact that had on me. I’m doing what I can to carry on that tradition.

A plot of family land in Huntsville, Texas

I’ve been going there since I was a kid. 1200 acres off of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Its paradise – my Muhlenberg county (as the great John Prine would say). It’s where Zach and I wrote our first Jamestown Revival song, and it’s a place we still look to for inspiration. This is the place that solidified my love for the wilderness.

My Wife & Kids

My wife and I found each other young, and she’s stuck it out with me from the very beginning. She brings balance and richness to my life, along with steadfast support and belief. She helps me get out of my own head and find perspective – both in music and in life altogether. My two boys give me drive to keep pushing myself. I want to make them proud, and I want to raise them to be good, loving, and strong individuals.

My Workshop

I’m fortunate enough to have a workshop where I’ve amassed quite a collection of tools. From hand planes and chisels, to a table saw, and a 200lb German-forged anvil, I’ve got the tool for just about any project. I don’t discriminate in that I absolutely love the tradition of hand tools, but I also take advantage of the advances of power tools. They both have a place my shop. I just love building things. It feels incredibly empowering to not have to depend on someone else for fabrication or construction of something. It’s also just plain rewarding and cathartic. Woodworking, welding, furniture making, and blacksmithing are my main workshop hobbies.

My Band

We’re a band of brothers. We’ve been through a lot together. We look out for each other, and we stick it out for each other. It’s hard to explain the bond of bandmates, but it runs deep. Each person up there on stage has had a notable impact on my life.

Jamestown Revival’s new album, San Isabel, will be released June 14th on Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, the band recently unveiled their track, “This Too Shall Pass”. Additionally, an acoustic performance video of the song, featuring band members Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, was also unveiled – take a look below…

Co-produced by Jamestown Revival and Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov), the new album was recorded at Ward Lodge Studios overlooking the San Isabel National Forest in Buena Vista, Colorado. The record includes 10 new songs co-written by Clay and Chance as well as a rendition of The Mama & The Papas’ 1965 classic, “California Dreamin’.” In addition to Clay (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, steel guitar, bass), Chance (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Mefford (juno, acoustic guitar, banjo, background vocals), San Isabel also features Nick Bearden (bass guitar), Ed Benrock (drums, percussion, background vocals), Psyche Dunkhase (cello), John Gringsby (bass), Dan Reckard (wurlitzer, organ, piano, accordion) and Rachel Sliker (violin, viola)

Of the inspiration behind the album, Clay comments, “We wrote this record with sort of an overarching theme, which is cutting out the noise for a minute and maybe stepping away from social media, from the internet and from the complicated, busy nature of most of our lives—and focusing on existing for a minute. If this record inspires people to do a little bit of that, then we would be really happy with that result”

In celebration of the release, the band will embark on an extensive headline tour this spring kicking off at Houston’s Heights Theatre on April 28th…

April 28—Houston, TX—The Heights Theater*
April 30—Mobile, AL—Soul Kitchen* 
May 1—Birmingham, AL—Saturn*
May 2—Nashville, TN—The Basement East*
May 3—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West*
May 5—Lexington, KY—The Burl* 
May 6—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle* 
May 7—Greensboro, NC—Blind Tiger*
May 9—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom*
May 10—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall* 
May 11—Washington, DC—Sixth & I Historic Synagogue* 
May 12—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall† 
May 14—Richmond, VA—The Broadberry* 
May 15—Philadelphia, PA—The Foundry*
May 17—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom* 
May 18—Columbus, OH—A&R Music Bar*
June 17—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour‡
June 19—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up Tavern‡
June 20—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour‡ 
June 21—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour‡ 
June 22—San Francisco, CA—The Independent‡ 
June 24—Portland, OR—Mississippi Studios‡
June 25—Seattle, WA—Neumos‡
June 26—Missoula, MT—Top Hat‡ 
June 28—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room‡
June 29—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theatre‡
June 30—Aspen, CO—Belly Up Aspen‡
July 1—Telluride, CO—Club Red‡
July 13—Whitefish, MT—The Barns at Big Mountain Ranch 
August 1—Tulsa, OK—The Vanguard‡
August 2—Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room Lounge‡ 
August 3—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Café §
August 4—Milwaukee, WI—The Back Room @ Colectivo §
August 6—Indianapolis, IN—The Hi Fi §
August 9—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall §
August 10—Springfield, IL—Boondocks § 
August 11—St. Louis, MO—Delmar Hall § 
August 15—Dallas, TX—Kessler Theater‡
August 16—New Braunfels, TX—Gruene Hall‡ 
August 17—Austin, TX—Scoot Inn‡

* with special guest The Cordovas
† with special guest Chris Ross and The North 
‡ with special guest Ian Noe 
§ with special guest John Craigie

The release of San Isabel follows a series of breakout years for Jamestown Revival. After meeting as teenagers in the small town of Magnolia, TX, Clay and Chance went on to self-release their debut album, Utah, in 2014 followed by their 2016 album, The Education Of A Wandering Man


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