A lot has changed for Texas duo Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay of the band Jamestown Revival since the release of their debut album Utah from 2014. They went from recording an album unsure of what would come of their musical endeavors, to playing big-time festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and recording a much anticipated second album–this time adding a few more members to the lineup and taking way more chances with their sound.
Their debut album Utah showcases their Southern-rock/Americana sound–one that’s nostalgic and introspective and then catchy, as you can hear on tracks like “California (Cast Iron Soul)” and “Wandering Man.” Their latest album release, The Education of the Wandering Man (whose title was inspired by Louis L’Amour and his vagabond lifestyle), peppers in a more wholesome, classic rock sound, which you can especially hear on their single “Love is a Burden.” But, to keep their country flavor kicking, they’ve included songs like “American Dream”–a soulful, Southern-jam-style track that brings them back to their Texan roots, leaving their sunny California lifestyle behind.
This album for Jamestown Revival represents the band’s personal growth, and the poetic transition from letting go of the past and moving forward into new light–regardless of the tribulations that might come along with such change. And just like they sing in “Back to Austin”: I never lost my way, no matter where I roam. I’m headed back to Austin. I’m headed back home. If home is where the heart is, it’s done Jamestown Revival well.