Jayson checking in with my DJ pick of the week from James Ethan Clark. Clark is breaking down the barriers of traditional Americana music with influences of progressive rock, folk, soul and influences from his Grandmother, who was a Gospel recording artist in the ’70s and was a church choir director for 20 years.
Most recently, Clark and his band (James Ethan Clark & The Renegades) recorded two singles called “Covered In Roses” and “Calera” at The Silent Planet in Nashville with J. Brandon Owens engineering and mixing, and Mastering by Joe Hutchinson of Garage Masters. Alongside his band (Sam Wilson – Lead Guitar & Pedal Steel, Steven Cheek – Bass, Nathan Sexton – Percussion on Covered in Roses, Jonathan Dimmel – Percussion on Calera) was a voice that soared along with Clark’s, Folk/Americana powerhouse Erin Rae contributed a featured vocal on Covered In Roses.Clark’s first, full-length recording Southern Hotel is an intrepid collection of songs about a young man’s coming of age in a bleak, southern landscape.
Check out “Calera” below and let us know what you think!