Ju-Taun | photo by Stan Golden for WXPN
The Key Studio Sessions: Ju-Taun
Philly rock six-piece Ju-Taun has roots that stretch back to childhood. Brothers Jake and James Evans learned to sing from their father, who schooled them on the classic harmonies of soul and Motown. In the late 90s, their friend Samoeun Cheng joined them for a high school competition, and some variation on the band has been in in place ever since.
For about the past four years, a fleshed-out six-piece version of Ju-Taun has hit the modern rock scene hard, blending heavy rhythms and blazing blues riffs with the core trio’s suave R&B harmonies — think The Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr.’s arena-ready arrangements with a touch more pop.
For this week’s Key Studio Session, an acoustic configuration of Ju-Taun delivers bruisers and ballads alike, soaring across the wistful harmonic truths of “Who Am I” and “My Dear,” while cutting loose and amping up on “Let It Die” and the foot-stomping swagger of “By The River.” Joining the Evans brothers and Cheng are Carter Fox on bass, Steve Honsberger on acoustic guitar and Jordan Damiani on lead guitar.
Listen to the session below, watch a video of “Let It Die” via VuHaus and download the entire set for free at Soundcloud. The band plays a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest on February 2 at 8 p.m.; more information can be found here.
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