Jay Nash and Josh Day have been performing as players and poets for the better part of two decades. The two have been making music, telling tales, drinking whiskey and having one heck of a time touring together as The Contenders for the past two years.
Their new EP, Meet The Contenders, breathes with musicality and grit in the tradition of heroes—The Band, Tom Petty, The Dead, and Dylan. Thrumming and heady, with a steady heartbeat and a hint of honky-tonk, this EP speaks of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances, swimming pools and movie stars, all with a ferocity born of hard work and honed skill.
Jay Nash, hailing from the small town of Manlius, outside Syracuse in upstate New York, has a sound like the river that raised him – strong and deep, with a little bit of lullaby and a great big current. Originally from North Carolina, Josh Day, a drummer that has played with the likes of the Kruger Brothers, Sara Bareilles, and Jennifer Nettles, brings a percussive virtuosity that shapes the music and supports the vocals.
Be sure to meet The Contenders this Thursday, Oct. 23 at Eddie’s Attic in support of the release of their new EP!
Tickets are $10 advance, $14 at the door. Show is at 9:15pm.