On a snowy Friday night in Greater Cincinnati, three friends crammed into a small storefront to play a few country songs for winter-weary friends. From this unassuming occasion, Jamison Road was born. With country roots and a rock-n-roll attitude, this talented trio has moved rapidly from storefront to front-and-center. Amid a sea of modern pop-country artists, Jamison Road is an unexpected and unconventional source of "Country that ROCKS."
In January 2012, they began recording their debut CD at Beaird Music Group in Nashville. It features 12 tracks fully written and composed by the trio, each exhibiting the thought-provoking lyrics, powerful vocals, soaring harmonies, and driving guitars for which Jamison Road has come to be recognized. The CD was produced by Larry Beaird, co-produced by Brent Duersch and Frank J. Larry, engineered by Jim DeBlanc and Rob Lane, and mixed / mastered by David Buchanan. The tracks feature Nashville session veterans Eddie Bayers on drums, Eli Beaird on bass, Larry Beaird on acoustic guitar, Howard Duck on keyboards, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, and Troy Lancaster on electric guitar. The CD was officially released in May 2012.
Jamison Road is - Jennifer DePalma, Brent Duersch, and Laurie Heltsley.
When Jennifer DePalma sings, people listen. She has one of those voices -- powerful, soulful, and belonging only to someone who was born to sing. Hers is a voice that will make you remember the first time you heard it. With passion and an unparalleled love for music, Jennifer captivates a live audience, bringing you along for the high-energy ride down Jamison Road. A talented songwriter, Jennifer is the primary pen behind the JR catalog.
Brent Duersch is the man behind the signature JR sound. Brent plays guitar -- ANY guitar, with the single prerequisite that it ROCKS. Brent brings raw energy and high intensity to any instrument with strings. A veteran of multiple genres, from funk-punk to big band swing, Brent is equally at home on stage and in the studio, where he is a master at arrangement, production, and engineering. Together, Brent and Jennifer have a catalog of original music compiled over 10 years as a duo.
Ultimately, the duo became a trio after a guest appearance with Laurie Heltsley in a local cover band. The rest, as they say, is history. Laurie provides the signature harmonies that define and distinguish the JR sound. The ultimate utility musician, Laurie does it all -- guitar, bass, percussion -- and she does it well. A talented song writer and arranger, Laurie is a veteran of the country music scene and the roots-based heartbeat of Jamison Road.