The Jackalope Saints were founded in 2010. They began with Clinton Herrick and Jay Parshall, but, after hearing one of their first recorded songs on a national radio station-featured as band of the week-and playing a number of live shows, both Herrick and Parshall felt that their sound lacked the desired depth, John Chap was invited to play with them soon after. Regular shows in the Portland area spread the Saints' mythic gospel and continued to draw new followers. Duplicitous, the wilderness speaks half-truths; it calls and goes silent. The Jackalope Saints' stories are similarly mysterious. From the experience of singer songwriter Clinton Herrick, the Saints' music preaches the folklore of wild America. Herrick's imagery is elemental-wind and stone, bone and dust-but the lyrical detail guards more than it reveals. Sun-bleached teeth and a shadowed gunshot grow large in the listener's mind. The imagery, however, only distracts from questions of substance; who, when, and where? But these are tall tales, ghost stories, the true experience of which cannot be found in fact.
"I think having a band name like the Jackalope Saints forces us to stay with that [very American] theme, but it's the only music I know how to write, so it works" says Herrick, who considered a number of other band names before settling on the Jackalope Saints.Herrick has been drawn to this folkloric imagery since his youth. "My nana gave me a jackalope postcard when I was ten [years old] . . . It's still in my guitar case."Traditionally associated with the American West, the mythical jackalope can mimic any sound. Cowboys around their campfires, then ignorant of the science of echoes, would claim to hear the creatures singing songs back to them in the cowboys' own voices. It is these uniquely American legends that continue to fascinate Herrick and inspire the Saints' music.
With a voice charged with power and presence, Kristin Chambers carries her listeners through journeys of love, longing, gratitude, and loss. Her songs draw from her own stories, from struggling as a young singer on the boards of New York to her journey home to the Pacific Northwest where she found love and her voice as songwriter. Her work has been compared to Carol King, James Taylor, and Norah Jones.
Her first album, Kristin Chambers, self-produced and released in 2010, established her presence in the area and laid the groundwork for her next release, Endless Road. The Seattle Weekly praised Kristin as a “gifted vocalist” and the album has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
In the fall of 2014 Kristin released Everything Woman, her most ambitious and expansive work yet. Lovingly produced by Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes) with orchestral arrangements by Hans Teuber and stellar performances by Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple), Jeff Fielder (Star Anna), and Steve Moore (Sufjan Sevens), Everything Woman brims with feeling, moving effortlessly from serenity to sadness, hope to joy, all with unflinching honesty.
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