HRMS Presents " CLAY PARKER & JODI JAMES W/ ROY CATLIN :: LIVE AT HEALTHY RHYTHM"
Healthy Rhythm Music Services Presents "CLAY PARKER & JODI JAMES W/ ROY CATLIN:: LIVE AT HEALTHY RHYTHM" • Saturday evening, May 25th, in The Listening Room of Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, located at historic Sampler Square (68 S Grand Ave) in downtown Montrose, Colorado!
Advance Main Gallery Reserved and Studio Gallery General Admission available. After show Meet & Greet with musicians is included. Advance purchase is recommended. This is a ticketless event. Limited seating. Admission is $2 more Day of Show (if available).
Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Street and rear lot parking available.
CLAY PARKER & JODI JAMES
In ‘When the Curfew Blows,’ Woody Guthrie bellows, “Was the lonesomest sound, boys/ that ever heard sound, boys/ like the midnight wind, boy/ when the curfew blows.” Gaining their footing in the marshy bayous of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, CLAY PARKER AND JODI JAMES would later hear Guthrie’s lyrics and model a life off of the late songwriter’s distinctive demeanor. Taking a cue from Louisiana traditions and closely following in the footsteps of Guthrie, the duo have followed the streams of Southern music sources, generating a lifestyle tinged with the mystery of traditional Americana.
Since meeting around 2009 and both being part of the close-knit Baton Rouge music scene, Clay and Jodi could occasionally be found playing on the same bill, but didn't join forces until late 2014. Shortly thereafter they released a self-titled EP and have never looked back. Their recent album inspired by Guthrie’s lyrics, The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound, is the product of countless miles, the encouragement of friends, and a creative union whose existence was always inevitable.
Their sound borrows from and transforms traditional Southern cornerstones such as folk, blues, country, and Americana. However, though the duo remains loyal to the heritage that brought them together, Clay and Jodi are unafraid of experimenting further, often intermixing mellow psychedelia and cosmic country into their classic harmonies.
In fact, Clay and Jodi aren’t afraid of much. Just six months after they wrote their first song together, Clay quit his warehouse job and embarked on tour with Jodi, all without the perks of an advance, a tour manager, or even social media to guide fans to their first shows. “I think we both appreciate old-fashioned methods and ways of doing things,” says Jodi. “We’d rather play a different town every night like artists used to…traveling and bringing our music to all these different people and places organically.”
Though the duo’s nomadic way of reaching listeners may sound daunting in the age of social media, their method has had a rippling effect on both the sleepy Southern towns and large electric cities they’ve passed through on tour. Winning over audiences every night meant that Jodi and Clay built up a long list of industry insiders who believe deeply in their talent. For The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound, the duo worked closely with multiple engineers, studios, and mixers, including Denton Hatcher at the Blue Velvet Studio and Joshua St. Moblo at the Bakery Sound Studio. “We love all the people that we worked with,” says Jodi. “It’s not just somebody whose production style we heard and then met for the first time. All the people that we worked with are close to us.”
Just as Clay and Jodi’s work with their collaborators is intimate and founded primarily on trust, the duo’s own collaboration method is so deeply ingrained that, to others, it projects a secret, enigmatic quality. Writing their first twelve songs together remotely over the course of just a couple of weeks, while Jodi was spending time in Nashville and Clay remained in Baton Rouge, the duo soon learned that they shared something unusual. “We very quickly saw each other’s nuances,” says Clay. “It seemed that when we did this just the two of us, it held more power that just us doing our solo songs as a duo. We started writing songs that will always be done as a duo.”
When speaking, Clay sparks and trails, sketching profound comparisons and images whereas Jodi’s steadfast way of unearthing details brings a certain warmth to Clay’s notions. Their complementary personalities are immediately apparent not just in their songwriting, but in the way they communicate with each other. The duo’s magnetic nature is so transparent that even strangers become curious. One such stranger, Ethan Hawke, decided to cast Clay and Jodi for a musical role in his newly released 2018 film, Blaze, after meeting them at what Clay describes as a neighborhood “hootenanny” in a small town just north of Baton Rouge.
2018 proved to be off to a good start when Clay and Jodi were invited to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The duo gave an electrifying performance, bringing the seated crowd in front of the Lagniappe stage to their feet at the end of their set.
In explaining the origins of their recent album, Clay recounts the traditional folk fable, ‘Stone Soup’. Within the tale, a homeless man approaches a strange town with nothing but stones in his pocket to offer the townspeople. With the help of the generosity of strangers who offer a single ingredient at a time, the homeless man is able to make a pot of soup large enough for the whole town to eat. “The recording came together in an interesting way first and foremost because we’re poor,” jokes Clay. “There were people that simply heard us and believed in what we were doing and offered their services for next to nothing. That’s really how this record came about.” If there was ever a need for Stone Soup, Clay Parker and Jodi James have surely perfected the recipe. www.cpjjmusic.com
SPECIAL GUEST :: ROY CATLIN
Roy Catlin brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with beautiful acoustic guitar work, addicting vocal melodies, and a deep rooted progressive folk sound. Hailing from Colorado, singer-songwriter Catlin began writing for his solo project in early 2013 after playing with several progressive rock and metal bands. After some time, Roy realized he was being driven more by the songs he had been writing on his own. The songs were more personal, and real for him. In 2014, he decided this was where he needed to be as an artist and started focusing on his project full time. A year later, his debut album "From Being Lost" was born.
Drawing influences from the likes of John Frusciante and Elliot Smith, Roy has managed to construct a sound that not only pays homage to his predecessors but stands on its own. The essence of Roys music is beautiful melodies and honest and thought provoking lyricism.
In 2018, Roy released several new and diverse tracks such as “Anxiety” and “The Warrior.” Roy has shown his versatility as an artist, while also maintaining his roots. His captivating live looping performances have been enjoyed by audiences all over Colorado and various parts of the Western United States.
With 2019’s arrival, Roy is planning to reach more people with his music than ever before. With extensive tours on the horizon, and a new full length album in the works, 2019 is shaping up to be his most prolific work year to date. www.roycatlinmusic.com
HEALTHY RHYTHM MUSIC SERVICES
Healthy Rhythm Music Services (HRMS) is an arm of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group. The mission of HRMS is to Identify, Manage, Enhance, and Promote Indie Artists and Bands who have a deep commitment to a career in music as their primary focus.
HEALTHY RHYTHM ART GALLERY
Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (HRAG) is about Art and Music. The Gallery affords diverse individuals a user-friendly space to create, exhibit, and sell a variety of artwork. The Gallery, located at 68 S Grand Ave in Montrose, Colorado, also houses an intimate Live Performance Venue. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Advance appointment only on Sunday. www.healthyrhythm.net
see • think • believe™
*There are no refunds or exchanges for this show. All sales are final. The only exception to this policy is if a show is cancelled. In the event of show cancellation, seating purchases will be honored when the show is rescheduled. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled show, your seating purchase will be refunded at the point of service minus any fees that may apply.
Photo 1 courtesy of Vivian Beltran
Photos 2 & 2 courtesy of Tate Tullier