Folkicana duo The Contenders released their debut full-length, Laughing With The Reckless on November 3rd via Rock Ridge Music. The pair traveled the world in support of the album, the follow-up to their 2014 EP, Meet The Contenders, which explores the perseverance of hope in dark times along with the powerful way that music can connect us to others, the value of maintaining old friendships, and finding comfort in the arms of loved ones.
The pair recently recorded a series of live performances as a part of the Cellar Sessions series at City Winery in New York, the only venue that has its own ongoing music series, which has been run by Ehud Lazin for the last four years. Today, The Contenders unveil “Long Way Down,” the second of three performances that will be premiered here at Mother Church Pew.
“Ehud is great at making you feel at ease for his sessions so it all felt pretty comfortable and easy,” says The Contenders’ Jay Nash of the recording session. “The basement at City Winery has its own cool, subterranean urban vibe. The place shakes a little when the subway goes by,” he adds with a laugh. “Aside from that, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of Lower Manhattan when you’re down there. We had fun, we always have fun playing these songs.”
In the video, Nash and bandmate, drummer Josh Day, perform “Long Way Down,” a song about humility. “It’s fiction and the story kind of came about in a stream of consciousness,” remarks Nash of the song. “In conversation, we stumbled upon the concept of how humility is acquired in life. Some people are born with it, some learn it from their parents, and some have to learn it the hard way.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Long Way Down” by The Contenders: