A recent interview with IPR on how songwriters are creating during the pandemic...
For Some Iowa Musicians, Songwriting Is A Much Needed Escape
There is one thing all musicians rely on – the alchemy of songwriting. Without it, there is no performance; there is no product. There is no recording; there is no live stream. There is no way to reach an audience. The song is also the most mysterious thing about an artist’s craft.
Even in the new COVID-19 reality, artists have adapted and found ways to share their work. While venues remain closed, many artists and bands have replaced the live, in-person experience, with online performances. But what, if anything, has changed about songwriting itself?
Ducharme-Jones perform original Americana, Roots-Rock, hailing originally from Austin, Texas and now residing in the Des Moines Metroplex. Performing either as a duo or a full five piece band, the project features the the songwriting and performance of David and Annie Ducharme-Jones. Their songwriting is lyrical with strong harmonies, a hook to draw you in, along with solid, melodic, and sophisticated guitar. Performances include many of their own songs as well as their take on some of their favorite covers including, but not limited to Lucinda Williams, Gov’t Mule, Linda Ronstadt, Jimi Hendrix or Dolly Parton. Their love of different genre’s becomes evident in their eclectic style and performance. Their most recent compilation of thirteen songs, Ducharme-Jones/Vagabonds & Poets, was released July 2019, and follows their 2016 release Ducharme-Jones/Strangest Things.
Ducharme-Jones Release Single of 'River'
The third holiday song by this husband and wife duo, 'River' by Joni Mitchell, features a sparse arrangement framed with acoustic guitar, fretless bass, and haunting vocals.
It's the perfect antidote to all the upbeat Christmas jingles.
Botanical Blues Concert Series
Join Ducharme-Jones on Sunday February 9, 2020, 2-4pm for a special set of blues infused originals and some special blues favorites. Botanical Blues is Des Moines' Winter Concert Series on held on Sunday afternoons in the Conservatory of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.