Jarrod Lawson has quickly become one of our favorite artists here at SBHQ, largely due to his masterful live performances. If you've been following Jarrod like we have, you may have noticed that expert guitarist Chance Hayden is always present at his side. Mr. Hayden recently launched "Peace House Sessions," an inspired project that will feature various local artists from the Portland, Oregon music scene. The monthly video series (filmed in Hayden’s own living room) aims to promote unity through the love of soulful music. And with Mr. Lawson on tap, we can't think of a better way to get things started.
The first episode features "Father’s Day," a song written by Mr. Hayden as a tribute to his father. Taken from his 2013 debut album, The Family Tree, the original featured the talented Redray Frazier on vocals and was flavored with the distinct sound of Delta blues. But this latest iteration improves upon that recipe with the addition of Lawson's gospel-tinged soul.
Next up is "Soulful Symphony," which will be featured on Jarrod's forthcoming sophomore album. The singer/songwriter skillfully handles a Wurlitzer as he shares his thoughts on the power of music. We were first introduced to this gem during his BBC Radio 6 visit with Gilles Peterson, and it sounds just as good here.
Closing out the set is Lawson's cover of Anthony Hamilton’s “The Point of it All,” a song we already fell in love with thanks to the previously mentioned BBC Radio 6 performance. And while Farnell Newton’s seductive trumpet is sorely missed, this version allows Mr. Hayden to get more shine as he steps in with a titillating guitar solo.
View the three performances below to see why we can't get enough of this singer, and why we'll be keeping our eye on his guitarist as well. Keep up with the series by subscribing to The Peace House channel on YouTube. You can also keep up with Chance via his website. Jarrod is currently working on his next album and gearing up for his 2015 international tour, with stops in the Netherlands, the UK and Japan. We'll be eagerly awaiting the day his tour comes stateside to a city near us.