Guitarist Jay Nash and drummer Josh Day are The Contenders, and they have recently released their debut EP. It’s a fantastic collection of original Americana songs with strong, evocative lyrics, that are set to tunes that are both soulful and country flavored. I discovered it when I supported the campaign on Pledgemusic, and I’ve been listening to it constantly. I’m particularly impressed by the way their voices so perfectly compliment each other.
I saw their June 27th show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, and their performance was brilliant. Though small, the venue has great acoustics, and they sounded great. Moreover, their interaction with one another and with the audience was very entertaining, full of dry humor. You can get a taste of their live performances on the EP. Below are some photographs of the show. Enjoy and check them out live, if you can!