Jamestown Revival Lament a Life Interrupted With ‘These Days’

Check out an old-time anthem with a modern soul.

Written by Chris Parton
Jamestown Revival Lament a Life Interrupted With ‘These Days’
Album Art Courtesy of Thirty Tigers

Americana duo Jamestown Revival capture the frustration of a strange moment in history with the new track, “These Days,” presenting an old-time anthem with a thoroughly modern soul.

Released last week by the acclaimed Texas duo of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, the track takes a sonic snapshot of life interrupted, inspired of course by the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring a slow-rolling beat that seems to mimic the relentless march of time, weary harmonies and a woozy fiddle melody that can never quite summon the energy to take flight, it’s a fine representation of the exhaustion felt by countless independent musicians, just like Jamestown Revival.

“‘These Days’ is about being down in the dumps, hamstrung, and unable to work,” say bandmates Clay and Chance. “The past year needs no introduction. As the months rolled on by, there were surely days when it felt like it got the best of us. We wrote this song on one of those days.” 

But even so, there’s a hint of cautious excitement hidden in “These Days,” and perhaps that’s due to the changing situation. The track is part of the band’s upcoming LP, Young Man, which was produced and mixed by fellow Americana talent Robert Ellis and Joshua Block, and finds them focusing on the rootsy building blocks of their sound. Totally rejecting electric guitars for the first time, they duo instead choose to highlight the intricacies of their musical connection, and the album arrives on January 16.

Meanwhile, Jamestown Revival have also added a second leg to their upcoming tour, wrapping up with a February 19 stop at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl. It seems the days ahead may be brighter after all. Full tour routing below:

Jan. 14 – New Braunfels, TX. – Gruene Hall^
Jan. 16 – Tucson, AZ. – Rialto Theatre*
Jan. 17 – Solana Beach, CA. – Belly Up*
Jan. 18 – Solana Beach, CA. – Belly Up*
Jan. 19 – Santa Cruz, CA. – Catalyst*
Jan. 20 – San Francisco, CA. – The Fillmore*
Jan. 21 – Los Angeles, CA. – Fonda Theatre*
Jan. 22 – Sacramento, CA. – Ace of Spades*
Jan. 23 – San Luis Obispo, CA. – Fremont Theatre*
Jan. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT. – Commonwealth*
Jan. 26 – Steamboat Springs, CO. – Strings Music Pavilion**
Jan. 27 – Denver, CO. – Ogden Theatre*
Jan. 28 – Telluride, CO. – Club Red*
Jan. 29 – Ft. Collins, CO. – Aggie Theatre**
Jan. 30 – Aspen, CO. – Belly Up^

Feb. 8 – Kansas City, MO. – Knuckleheads Saloon^
Feb. 9 – St. Louis, MO. – Delmar Hall^
Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL. – Thalia Hall^
Feb. 11 – Minneapolis, MN. – Fine Line^
Feb. 12 – Milwaukee, WI. – The Rave/Eagles Club – Rave II^
Feb. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA. – Mr. Smalls^
Feb. 15 – Detroit, MI. – St. Andrews Hall^
Feb. 16 – Lexington, KY. – The Burl^
Feb. 17 – Indianapolis, IN. – The Vogue^
Feb. 18 – Columbus, OH. – Columbus Athenaeum^
Feb. 19 – Nashville, TN. – Brooklyn Bowl^

*Mipso & Robert Ellis
** Mipso
^ Robert Ellis