CLAYTON — Two musicians known for appearances at the annual Rock for the River benefit concert here will perform as a duo on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Rock for the River founder Jay Nash and Garrison Starr have been friends and musical associates for the last decade. They have written songs together, been bandmates and have toured most of the U.S. and Europe together, but they have never performed as a duo in Northern New York, except for doing a few numbers together at Rock for the River.
In 2008, the two filmed and recorded a session at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the “Sun Studio Sessions” seen on many PBS stations. The session also was released as an album.
Between the two of them, the pair have released more than 20 albums.
Mr. Nash recently completed an EP, “The Contenders,” with drummer Josh Day to be released Nov. 18.
He also has been busy composing original music for numerous television commercials and shows and producing an album for Montreal’s alternative folk band, Sweet Talking Liars, which is named after a song written by Mr. Nash.
Ms. Starr recently released an EP, “The Forgotten Street,” available exclusively at live performances and online at her website, garrisonstarr.com. She also has had several songs this year licensed for television shows. Her latest project, the album “The Silent War,” is being recorded with musician and artist Adrianne Gonzales (also known as AG) and scheduled to be released next year.
Mr. Nash is a Syracuse-area native whose parents, Eric J. and Carol “Dede” Nash, moved to Clayton in 2005.
The artist spent about a decade in Los Angeles, where he became very popular in the independent music scene and at nightclubs. He began Rock for the River 11 years ago when he invited musical associates from Los Angeles to gather in Clayton. He and his wife moved to Vermont in 2010.
Mr. Nash and Ms. Starr, both guitarists, vocalists and song writers, were asked via email what makes their musical relationship click.
“Garrison has one of my favorite voices on the planet,” Mr. Nash wrote. “She can sing pretty much anything and bring me damn close to tears. On her songs, I just try to support that voice of hers in a complementary way. It’s easy for me to be inspired around her.”
“Jay and I are family,” Ms. Starr wrote. “ I love spending time with him and playing music with him because he brings out the best in me both personally and musically.”
WHAT: Jay Nash and Garrison Starr
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive
COST: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be ordered online at www.claytonop erahouse.com or by calling the opera house box office at 686-2200.
ON THE WEB: To see a performance of Mr. Nash and Ms. Starr at Sun Studios in Nashville, go to http://wdt.me/hmwkev