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Music on the Lawn: Tarrant (RVA)

  • Ker Place 69 Market Street Onancock, VA, 23417 United States (map)

**Free and Open to the Public**

Come join us on a beautiful summer evening on the lawn at Historic Ker Place!
Bring a chair and bring a friend!
Cash Bar!
Food Vendor: Mallards Restaurant

Tarrant Bio
It was in childhood that Jordan Tarrant found his appreciation for words and music. Raised by his family listening and playing along to the music of renowned songwriters, Austin native Tarrant shares that he always assumed songwriting was something that everyone did. It was in the narratives of wordsmiths like John Prine, Bob Dylan and even Cat Stevens that Jordan found his love for storytelling.

Lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Jordan grew up in Texas and has been writing songs and recording since his teens. After his time at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music he moved to Richmond and put together Lazarus, his first studio album. The album was recorded at Virginia Moonwalker, with friend and producer Russell Lacy. This collaboration laid the foundation for the band Tarrant is today.

The band that bears Jordan's surname organically coalesced from the "great players in this town," he enthuses, after he began performing with Lacy in Richmond clubs and through the sessions for Lazarus. First in was guitarist/mandolinist Jared Pool, who honed his skills on the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass festival circuit and studied jazz guitar in college. Jared is also playing for renowned acoustic guitarist Larry Keel in the Larry Keel Experience. New Drummer Mark Henderson of Richmond’s most beloved bands Jackass Flats is a noted Richmond heavyweight and tremendous addition. Bassist Zachary Hudgins has been involved with Richmond music for the past 15 years playing in Richmond staple bands like Red Light Rodeo, Jackass Flats, and formerly The Southern Belles. Self-taught, Zachary manages to execute a hard to mirror, complex style of playing effortlessly. Rounding out the band is pedal steel player Stephen Kuester, master of his craft and founding member of Jackass Flats. 

As a genuine band, everyone adds their creative contributions and touches to Tarrant's wide ranging material and sultry sound. As Richmond.com notes, "The lyrics are up front... rattling off a good story interlaced with some melodic guitar parts here and rockin' grooves there. It's fun, hard driving... pretty at times." 

At first play, Jordan’s songwriting reminds listeners of traditional blues and folk writers-- the songs often nod to the classic styles of old western and blues icons. Upon further listening, one identifies it’s modern twists, melodic acoustic guitar riffs, sharp witticisms and energetic vocal performance. Jordan’s songs are both refreshing and comforting. They are intelligently crafted, meaningful lyrics that are also satisfying in their rootsy familiarity.

Earlier Event: August 7
Summer Camp: Spy & Nature Camp