Album Review: Jamestown Revival – San Isabel

Jamestown Revival is the musical brainchild of an American folk rock duo that was born from a childhood friendship in Magnolia, Texas many years ago. Now grown men, the pair have been critically acclaimed across the globe with iTunes garnering their debut album as the Best Singer-Songwriter album back in 2014.

Since then the pair have been working tirelessly to produce greater and greater masterpieces. This year see’s the release of San Isabel, a warming album that blends old school Southern country music with western rock in a calm and tender manner that echoes the heyday of Simon and Garfunkle. Their gentle acoustic melodies seem to drift along like puffs of clouds in the sky while their earnest voices ebb into your heart like the lapping of the waves. Perhaps it is their quiet and reflective nature that allows them to take on moments of their daily life, moments of the mundane and make in vehemently interesting. This interest is something that builds throughout San Isabel to create a collection of tales that you feel personally connected to and invested in.

The sound of Jamestown Revival is the sound of a summer day. There is something in their work that warms you to the very core as their familial and sweetened voices meld together with their dextrous but understated melodies. The pair are backed up by accompanying musicians who help to bring a flourish to the album as the backing tracks are sated with mesmerising and whimsical tunes that err between folk and rock to stitch together an album that feels almost juxtaposed against itself. One of the true highlights of the album however is their delicate adaptation of The Mamas and The Papas’ California Dreaming. It’s a giddy tune that brings back memories like a box of sepia tone photographs. Another indelible element to make you feel comfortable with them.

The music that Jamestown Revival produce is the musical equivalent of seeing an old friend. Warm, friendly and no matter how much time goes by it feels like it never changes. The affection held within their songs is undeniable and the passion with which they bring it to life is nothing but heartening. San Isabel is the kind of album you need to put a spring back in your step.

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May 17—Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom*
May 18—Columbus, OH—A&R Music Bar*
June 17—West Hollywood, CATroubadour
June 19—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up Tavern‡
June 20—West Hollywood, CATroubadour‡ (SOLD-OUT)
June 21West Hollywood, CATroubadour‡ (SOLD-OUT)
June 22—San Francisco, CA—The Independent‡ (SOLD-OUT)
June 24—Portland, ORMississippi 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, TXKessler Theater
August 16—New Braunfels, TXGruene 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

Review by Joe Knipe


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