For Immediate Release:
New Music Ducharme-Jones/Unbroken, available January 26, 2021
DES MOINES, Iowa. - Ducharme-Jones/Unbroken is the third album from husband and wife songwriters Dave and Annie Ducharme-Jones featuring eight originals and a cover of Angel by Jimi Hendrix. The songwriting of Ducharme-Jones crosses genres, crafting songs that are lyrical with a little hook to captivate and create a connection between the artist and their audience. Each song on the record has a little piece of Ducharme-Jones history and heart, and like their other albums, melodic guitar tones and warm harmonies are prominent. The co-produced collection was recorded in Des Moines, Iowa at their home studio, engineered by Dave Ducharme-Jones (lead guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards), with Annie Ducharme-Jones (vocals and rhythm guitar), Scot Sutherland (bass), and Jimmy Stevens (drums and percussion); in addition, Matt Cullen (Guitar) lends some intergalactic guitar layers to the Hendrix cover, and Al Kabela (Pedal Steel) brings some cosmic cowboy pedal steel magic to several tracks. Recorded at the onset of the pandemic of 2020, Unbroken provided a creative outlet during quarantine and lost opportunities to perform.
Ducharme-Jones live performances are dynamic, engaging and feature talent from the Des Moines area known for their musicality. Dave Ducharme-Jones leads the band (lead guitar, lead vocals, harmonies) with co-writer and co-producer Anne Ducharme-Jones (rhythm guitar, lead vocals, harmonies), and band members Scot Sutherland, (bass guitar and Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Member), and Jim Stevens (drums and percussion).
Ducharme-Jones/Unbroken is an independent release, available through iTunes, Amazon, all major download and streaming sites, CD Baby, and www.ducharmejones.com.
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/Vagabonds & Poets
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.