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Jamestown Revival: The Education of a Wandering Man

Track List

>Company Man
>Love Is a Burden
>American Dream
>Always Been Wild
>Back to Austin
>Midnight Order
>Poor Man's Gold
>Almost All the Time
>Done Me Wrong
>Head On

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Ryan Lipman.

Recording information: The Lago Vista Farmhouse, Casa Whiskey, Austin, TX.

Taking its name from acclaimed Western novelist Louis L'Amour's memoir, Education of a Wandering Man finds Lone Star State troubadours Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance delivering another slick and soulful set of T-crossing and I-dotting Texas Americana. Bigger, brighter, and more musically adventurous than 2014's largely bucolic Utah, Education of a Wandering Man barrels out of the gate with two of its most infectious cuts, the punchy, blues-bent "Company Man" and the rousing, radio-ready single "Love Is a Burden." Echoes of past dalliances with breezy, Eagles-esque sunset-pop surface on the easy riding "Journeyman," and the slow-burn country-folk of "American Dream" and "Almost All the Time" support the duo's well-documented Everly Brothers obsession, but Clay and Chance seem to have made the jump from small-town bards to big-city players with great aplomb. Their forays into Motown ("Midnight Hour"), red dirt country ("Back to Austin"), and twangy, Mavericks-esque retro-pop ("Done Mr. Wrong") fall right in line, commercially speaking, with their more traditional offerings -- the sweet, straight up waltz "Always Been Wild" is a mid-album gem -- resulting in something that feels both shiny and new and unmistakably familiar. ~ James Christopher Monger


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