Cincinnati-based country trio Jamison Road has enjoyed success locally and nationally with their blend of country vocals, soaring harmonies, and driving guitar work. Their sophomore album Let It Rain, due for release August 12 of this year, captures the balance of each member’s own influences and a thematic blend Jamison Road feels represents them better than anything they have produced.
Jamison Road isn’t alone in believing they have something good happening. New York based Sojourn Records signed the band within the past year and will play a role in bringing the band’s music to more ears. For the band members, just getting recognized and signed felt like an accomplishment. “This will get our music into the hands of more people. I am anxious to see where this can go,” said Brent Duersch, who plays guitar and first recorded the band’s demo tracks in his basement.
For Jennifer DePalma, lead vocalist, getting signed to a record label fulfills a lifelong dream. “It is amazing to have someone in the industry recognize you at all. I always thought music was my destiny. I didn’t know how or where it was going to happen, but I always knew.”
Both of Jamison Road’s albums were recorded in Nashville studios using the same session musicians, but this time around felt different. “If I can just brag a little about Brent,” says Jennifer DePalma about working with studio musicians of their caliber, “He rocked in there. It was great to watch how well they played together.” Jamison Road had been playing some of their songs for a year or two before recording them, so their sense of how it should sound combined well with their previous studio experience to capture their sound.
A review of an advance copy does not disappoint. Each track delivers a full experience of Jamison Road’s skill as musicians, songwriters, and performers. Personal, professional, and musical lives all intertwine with the trio as Duersch and DePalma’s husband-and-wife duo meets Duersch and Laurie Heltsley (bass, vocals) as coworkers; The finished songs make artistic examples of the collaborative songwriting role all three members share. As the band becomes tighter their songwriting has opened up more with personal and powerful songs such as “Broken” and “Bourbon and Bibles”. For the fans who have found and stuck with Jamison Road over the years, a song called “Friends Like These” has become something of an anthem for the band to sing as a thank you for the loyalty of their fans.
Jamison Road is having a “Sneak Peek Party” for their album, Let It Rain on Wednesday, June 4 at Grandview Tavern & Grille in Crescent Springs, Kentucky with pre-release copies of the CD available for those in attendance. Festivities get underway at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited.