The Jems

The Jems

BandFolkAmericana

The Jems are a rare blend of ideas, talent and wit. Jay Whitehead’s subtle leads and unique chord structure blend with Emily Lively’s intelligent lyrics and sweet vocals to create a style that is a little bit fresh, a little bit soul, and a little bit magic.

Biography

In January 2008 the Jems were born. While singer/songwriter Emily Lively was waiting tables at a bar on Main Street in a small Texas Hill Country town, multi-instrumentalist Jay Whitehead was making cheese trays at a local wine bar two blocks away. In a small town, if you play music, you usually know all the other people that play music, but in this situation Emily and Jay didn’t know one another as fellow musicians, but they did notice each other right away. To make a long story short, they met and very quickly started making music. Bringing together a rare blend of ideas, talent, and wit.

Now, a year later they are playing all over the Hill Country and Austin, and frequently visit the Midwest, gaining new fans every trip. They are celebrating the birth of their first full length record, Little Things, released by Muse Records in December 2008. Emily was a regional New Folk winner at the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival, and Rick Starr of the Americana Music Association and Texas Rebel Radio says, “Wistful and profound, its all good when your ears are tuned to The Jems.”

Lyrics

Movin On

Written By: Emily Lively

I cried last night
In the bathroom of an old saloon
Guess it was the whiskey,
Or maybe the full moon
It’s been so long and
I’ve felt so used
Guess I just can’t get over you

I’ve been thinking about my life, and the things that I’ve done wrong
I pull on my old jeans
And I try to carry on
I take a deep breath
Cause it’s been so long
And I move on, move on,
I’m movin on

I’ll road trip to Louisiana and stop and every five and dime
Meet me a man and
Feed him every kind of line
These days it seems that I just don’t have the time
Just lookin’ for a little, piece of mind

I’ve been thinking about my life, And the things that I’ve done wrong
I pull on my old jeans
And I try to carry on
I take a deep breath
Cause it’s been so long
And I move on, move on,
I’m movin on

There’s something in the air
And it’s blowin me away
But I’m a little stronger
Than I was yesterday
So I’ll stand tall and
I’ll stand proud
But I’ll let myself, cry, out loud

I’ve been thinking about my life, And the things that I’ve done wrong
I pull on my old jeans
And I try to carry on
I take a deep breath cause it’s been so long
And I move on, move on,
I’m movin on

Discography

Little Things, Muse Records, December 2008

Set List

Usually we do 2-3 hour sets which consist mostly of original material and a few carefully selected cover songs by artists we are really influenced by. We do tunes by Joni Mitchell, Slaid Cleaves Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Stacey Earle and Kate Wolfe. We have 24 songs that we do in a typical 3 hour set. All songs original unless noted otherwise. Our set list that we use at the moment is:

One Drink at a Time
Letter In Rhyme
The Bar
Telling You I'm Leaving
Must Be Love (Stacey Earl)
Drivin West
Oxygen
Good Look in the Mirror
All You Had to Give
Southern Town
Crying Shame (Kate Wolfe)
Angel Girl
Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen)
1:30 Philosophies
Kill The Pain
Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
Pieces on the Floor
Movin On
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
One Step at a Time
Horseshoe Lounge (Slaid Cleves)
Feel the Truth
One in a Million
Ive Just Seen a Face (The Beatles)
Tiffany Queen
On My Mind
Thinkin' 'Bout Leavin'