February 2, 2010



I first came across Lake Clear, New York artist JBM (Jesse Marchant) via his Daytrotter session, where the acoustic finger-picking of “Years/Cleo’s Song” immediately sounded to me like something that should be artfully placed in a Woodshed Films/Malloy brothers surfing film, replete with dappled sunlight and crystalline water.

As I dug into his catalog, I discovered not only a heartbreakingly earnest voice (which on the “From Me To You…” track sounds like my favorite eras of sad-bastard Ryan Adams) but a muted melancholy that permeates his music, reminiscent of Red House Painters or José González. I can’t stop listening these days.

not even in julyFrom Me To You and You To Me – JBM

Years/Cleo’s Song – JBM
(from the Daytrotter session)

JBM was just signed to
Partisan Records (home of them Deer Tick fellas), and they will be re-releasing his independent 2009 album Not Even in July (out April 13th). The album was recorded in a 19th-century church in NY.

2/2 – Dallas, TX @ The Cambridge Room @ the House of Blues
2/3 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
2/5 – Houston, TX @ The Meridian
2/6 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish @ the House of Blues
2/8 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
2/9 – Orlando, Fl @ The Social
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
2/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
2/13 – Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter
2/15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
2/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
2/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theatre
2/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
2/20 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
2/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
2/22 – East Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
2/23 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
2/25 – Louisville, KY @ Zanza Bar
2/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
2/27 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
3/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/5 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
3/6 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

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  • Oh wow! He does sound like Ryan Adams…
    Thanks Heather! It’s really beautiful.

    Severine — February 2, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  • great sound, and he’s mighty pretty! thanks!

    Aims — February 2, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

  • I saw him open for Sondre last year at Bowery Ballroom and JBM played this super sparse set with just his voice carrying it, and yet he still had the entire place rapt. He’s pretty amazing but not in the obvious ways, like you said, he has this epic mournful voice but his songs have so much restraint. He’s cool…

    cara — February 2, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  • Fantastic, intimate record.


    Bruce Warren — February 2, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

  • Fuel and Friends delivers again. Considering I am a huge sucker for sad bastard RA (apt comparison!), I will most definitely have this one on repeat for awhile…

    Scott Stanko — February 5, 2010 @ 12:24 am

  • This is a wonderful share. Thank you for introducing me to yet another great musician here on Fuel / Friends.

    paul — February 5, 2010 @ 7:22 am

  • Can I just say how much I love that you used the term “sad-bastard Ryan Adams”? I have a “sad bastard music” playlist, and no one gets it, but leave it to another High Fidelity fan to have it in her vocabulary. (=

    Faith — February 11, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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