Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music)

Simply put, they don't make musicians like Chuck Ragan anymore. For nearly two decades Ragan has traversed the country and the world—first with his celebrated punk act Hot Water Music and later as a solo troubadour—to bring his music to the masses.

Correspondingly, aside from the seemingly endless singles, splits and collaborations, Ragan's third solo album Covering Ground is as much of a love letter to his transient lifestyle as it is a concession to the loved ones he often has to leave behind and is also undeniably his most honest and accomplished album to date.

Featuring longtime friends and tour mates, fiddle player Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg. In addition are guest performances from the Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon, Squirrel Nut Zippers' Chris Phillips, Frank Turner, Audra Mae, Lucero's Rick Steff and Todd Beene as well as Blind Melon's Christopher Thorn, who also engineered, produced and mixed the project.

Covering Ground is the sonic equivalent to Jack Kerouac's On The Road and could only be created by someone bred into road life and who requires a release like this in order to stay sane doing it. "The majority of these songs were written on the road," Ragan explains. "We've been running hard and burning the candle at both ends for years. It's been amazing in many ways but just as well extremely harsh when you end up making a massive amount of sacrifices to sustain in that type of nomadic lifestyle."

This duality lies at the core of Covering Ground and when Ragan sings about "ten cylinders that fire and a woman at the end of the road" on the driving acoustic song "Wish On The Moon," it's dripping with so much authenticity that it's hard not to imagine yourself behind the wheel alongside him. "Writing has always been a form of therapy for me and something that I feel like I need to do rather than something I'm supposed to do," Ragan responds when asked where the fire behind these songs originated.

"Since 2005 I've focused more on my own music than ever before," he continues, "I've been consistently writing, learning and reflecting and not so much worrying about whether I finish a song or not but more so keeping myself moving with it no matter what. Whether it's heard or not, I find that I simply need to get things off my chest in that way to take the next step forward, contribute or pay tribute to the pioneers that paved the path the majority of us take."

Jamestown Revival

At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade.

Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence.

At one point or another, music from Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Everly Brothers, to fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Stevie Ray Vaughan found it’s way through an old pair of speakers that sat on the back porch. The pair spent the day exploring that thousand-acre plot of land, and when the sun went down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock.

Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA.

Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what will be Jamestown Revival’s first full-length album. It’s heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The pair, along with their band and engineer, set out to convert it in to a temporary recording studio. With wild moose right outside the window, and aspen leaves spinning in the wind, they tracked 14 songs. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room.

Now back L.A., the duo are planning to release their music and gear up for life back out on the road. These days, they’re exploring far more than just a thousand acres…

Christopher Gold

Christopher Gold was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. The son of a bluegrass musician, he didn’t have to go far to find a passion and available instruction on the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. It wasn’t long before he started writing his own songs and playing them in public. He now splits his time between the folk and bluegrass from his childhood and the punk music from his adolescence, playing and releasing albums under his own name, fronting a blues-punk band called The Dirty Rotten So & So’s, and occasionally being fortunate enough to join in on other peoples songs, including The Wandering Sons, S.S. Web, RedHawks, Holly & Plastic and just about anybody else who asks. He also curates the annual “Dirty Rotten Toy Drive”, a live music event in Appleton that collects money and Christmas gifts for abused children.

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Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music) with Jamestown Revival, Christopher Gold

Monday, September 16 · 8:00 PM at High Noon Saloon