Jan Garrett and JD Martin host album release party
If You Go…
Who: Jan Garrett & JD Martin
Where: Private home, Basalt
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.
How much: $15/advance; $20 at the door
More info: The price of a ticket includes a copy of Garrett and Martin’s new CD, “Falling in Love Again.”
The locally based duo of Jan Garrett and JD Martin have been hard at work this year on their eighth album. They’re celebrating the recently completed “Falling in Love Again” today with a release party in Basalt.
The musical partners and married couple have been playing together for some 20 years, though both have been on the Aspen music scene since the 1970s. They recorded the album in their home studio with guest musicians from Nashville and elsewhere. It showcases 11 new folk, blues and jazz songs. Most are hopeful yet urgent, speaking to this fraught moment in American history.
“They are uplifting and hopefully they’re inspiring without being cheesy,” Martin said this week.
She joked that the opening track, “Do the Right Thing,” is most important for people thinking about the choice of presidential candidates in the Nov. 8 election and that the song “The Day After the End of the World” may be about the day after a Donald Trump victory.
The pair’s music showcases Garrett’s jazzy vocals and the pair’s synergistic songwriting. Many of the songs, like the sweet “Falling in Love with the World Again,” are soulful and spiritual but not secular, celebrating the goodness of the world despite the bad. These of affirmation are songs about beauty and love.
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“I write stuff that makes me happy,” Garrett said. “If I wake up in the middle of the night freaking out, I want to be able to sing one of these songs and say, ‘Everything’s fine.’”
Though they’ve long called the Roaring Fork Valley home, Garrett and Martin do most of their touring nationally. They’re mostly sticking around here this fall, though, until their annual Winter Solstice Concert at the Aspen Community Church (now in its 26th year). After that, they’re embarking on a tour that’ll hit both coasts and the Midwest.
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