Singer/songwriter Jay Nash and drummer Josh Day have been friends for years and have toured together as Americana duo The Contenders since 2012. Their chemistry is evident in debut EP, the aptly titled “Meet the Contenders,” a five-track gem of a short-player filled with twangy tunes that figure to appeal to fans of The Band, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.
Nash is a fixture on the indie scene with a handful of first-rate solo albums to his credit. Day has manned the kit behind bluegrass fixtures The Kruger Brothers, pop star Sara Bareilles and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Together, however, they make the best music of their respective careers.
There isn’t a hiccup to be found on “Meet the Contenders,” as Nash and Day soar on standouts “Back in Time,” “The Contender,” “Long Way Down” and “Maybe, Katy.” Even remaining tune Lincoln 1958 merits a few spins. Hope you got a chance to see the guys perform at Club Café earlier this month. If not, be sure to check ‘em out the next time The Contenders roll through the ‘Burgh. (Jeffrey Sisk)