Jupiter Ray Project writes songs to the sound of snowshoes crunching through packed snow and crickets scratching in an old abandoned quarry. Listen for pine forest wind-sighs, the slow tin drip of maple buckets, lots of fine-tuned heartstrings, a throbbing rhythmic heart, and many stories besides.
This primarily acoustic trio writes and performs original 'Canadian roots' music that is compared to classic Canadian roots influences like Neil Young and the Cowboy Junkies, and their influences include these greats as well as many others from a range of genres: Bob Dylan, Ricky Lee Jones, The Rolling Stones, Jenny Lewis, Fleetwood Mac, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Greg Keelor, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, and many others.
The core of the Jupiter Ray Project is husband-wife team and co-singer/songwriters Jack Pelletier and Shannon Ross, along with bassist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Breitner. They are also joined from time to time by some of Ottawa's most talented musicians, including pedal-steel player Al Bragg (The Family Brown, Michelle Wright), drummers Peter Von Althen (Starling, Skydiggers) and Peter Hammond (LoudLove), fiddler Michael Ball (Ball and Chain), and keyboardist and composer Pierre Chretien (The Souljazz Orchestra).
Jupiter Ray Project's live performances aim to be honest and compelling, and are noted for their strong three-part harmonies. They pare the music down to the bare bones, trying to create an atmosphere of shared feeling with the audience.
The group's most recent album, Morrison Heights, was recorded almost entirely at their little studio in the Gatineau Hills near Wakefield, Quebec. They aimed to capture the mood and the rhythm of that place, which has such a powerful influence on the songwriting and is too beautiful not to share. Keep your ears open for little clips and sounds from that world throughout the album. Morrison Heights explores an internal landscape using the language their world in the Hills.
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Visit Jupiter Ray Project online at www.jrpmusic.com.
1. Grassfire (2002)
2. Morrison Heights (2006)
1. Songs from the Couch (Jeff Meleras, 2006)
2. Cottage Sessions (Jeff Meleras, 2007)
We try to cater to the realities of the human attention span by keeping sets relatively short (approx 8 songs). Having two songwriters with related but distinct styles helps keep the audience on its toes, as does mixing up sounds/instruments/performers for each show and even within sets, inviting fellow musicians and songwriters we dig to join or do a few numbers, and staying in touch with the mood of the audience.
We do very occasionally do covers. When we do, they are often covers of:
Lucinda Williams (Drunken Angel, Greenville)
Hank Williams (So Lonesome I Could Cry)
Neil Young (assorted)