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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jars of Clay

September 26th, 2013

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) The veteran band Jars of Clay rose to national prominence in 1995 when they released their self-titled debut. The project was an instant classic and it revealed a band with layers of lyrical depth, full of imagery and mystery. (“Jars of Clay” includes their breakthrough single, “Flood,” a song produced by master-guitarist Adrian Belew.) Since then, Jars of Clay has continued to create music on their own terms; full of beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and exquisite string arrangements.  Their extensive catalog includes records like “If I Left the Zoo,”  “Good Monsters,” “The Long Fall Back to Earth,” and “Redemption Songs.” Now, Jars of Clay releases their masterpiece, “Inland,” a record that finds the band continuing to write about the themes of vulnerability, grace, anxiety, self-doubt and forgiveness. (The disc is confessional, fragile and reverent.) For more on Jars of Clay, go to http://www.jarsofclay.com/home. You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, facebook, Relevant Magazine podcast, and links to buy the new independent project, produced by Tucker Marteen (who’s worked with My Morning Jacket, among others).