Row Jomah Greet New Year with New Tune “Rain Down”
Clearwater rock band Row Jomah waited until January 1 to release their brand new song “Rain Down.” They are a rock band with fine pop sensibilities and excellent musicianship, and this new tune matches their releases from 2020: “Devil’s Fair” and “Big Water.”
Row Jomah are: Joe Roma, acoustic guitar, vocals; Melbourne Walsh, guitar; Austin Llewellyn, keyboards; and Dylan Chee-A-Tow, drums. They were joined on this recording by four musicians with long histories with the band: Vinny Svoboda, a regular collaborator, on bass; Sara “Mama Bone” Phillips on trombone; Christian Ryan (Leisure Chief, Holey Miss Moley) on flute and saxophone; and Dave Gerulat (shoeless soul) on percussion and harmony vocals.
“Rain Down” is very uptempo, Chee-A-Tow’s drums steering in the vicinity of New Orleans, and the addition of trombone and flute at the opening push this over the top. After Roma sings the first stanza, Gerulat joins him on the chorus, and his percussion work always adds a deluxe touch. Walsh has a fine guitar solo, and Svoboda’s bass is pulsing throughout the track. After the second stanza and chorus, Llewellyn has a fine electric piano feature in keeping with Crescent City music. There is a brief burst as Ryan switches from flute to saxophone to match up with Phillips for a quick explosion of sound.
The new single also includes a solid version of “Sugar Sweet” recorded live at De Bine Brewing in Palm Harbor 11.21.20. That song appeared on the band’s debut Cat People! and also on their Live at Dunedin Brewery album. The two from last year are included in our Spotify playlist.
On the horizon for Row Jomah are two performances of their splendid Talking Heads sets. The first will be January 22 at Crowbar in Ybor City, a Safe and Sound venue, opening for Unlimited Devotion playing the music of The Grateful Dead. Then, they will repeat their Talking Heads set when they perform at Winterland at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, presented by Skywalker Productions, the weekend of February 12-13. More to come!