We recently shot the above music video for the super talented bluegrass group – Juniper & Gin. Band leader Jason Chinchen explains a bit about his band, song writing and his love for playing music:
Juniper & Gin: “There’s a Road”
“Original Oregon folkgrass comes as close to describing Juniper and Gin as any genre can. Juniper and Gin deliver finely crafted songs with excellent musicianship, three part harmonies and real soul. Their sound encompasses bluegrass, folk and old country, melding them into a good ol’ pot of musical stew. Their songs touch on themes of life’s ups and downs with honesty and superb storytelling. Juniper and Gin is one of Oregon’s most exciting up-and-coming string bands. You are guaranteed to have a foot-stompin’ good time and you may even find yourself singing along to these catchy original tunes.
The song “There’s a Road” was one of the easy ones. It popped out in a matter of minutes one day as Jason Chinchen, the inlay artist at Breedlove Stringed instruments was taking his afternoon break. Jason is also the principle songwriter for local Bend, OR Band Juniper and Gin. The song follows the thoughts of a fellow who has been put out on the street by his woman. He undoubtedly deserved it but can’t reconcile the truth that his relationship is over. Eventually he realizes that life goes on and there are many ways to learn hard lessons, but at least he has life and the opportunity to make better choices in the future.
I love writing songs,” explains Chinchen, “especially when the flow out as this one did. The creative process can be easy at times, but usually finding just the right lines can be quite a challenge, but either way the process is cathartic and enjoyable for me. I hope you like this song and can relate to the common struggles we all face. I am thankful to be able to play with such great musicians as the guys in the band and see the songs fleshed out and complete. Huge thanks to Breedlove Stringed instruments for the use of the guitar and mandolin used in this video and R.A. Beattie for the videography and editing.”