Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay recently released their eleventh studio album, INLAND, and listening through the set, it’s easy to pick out of guitarist Matthew Odmark’s Gibsons in the mix. As Odmark puts it, holding a Gibson guitar is simply one of the best feelings in the world.

“Each of my Gibsons does a very unique and specific thing,” he told Gibson.com. “It feels like a real instrument. They are rough around the edges in just the right way to make you feel like you are holding a living thing.”

Odmark plays alongside fellow guitarist Steve Mason in Jars of Clay. He says being in a rock band with two guitarists offers an interesting challenge for his playing.

“Playing with another player like Steve Mason forces you into a collaboration. There is no, ‘Hey I play guitar— I will just do my thing.’ There is always a discussion in a song about, ‘What will you do? What will I do? How will we use the combination of those two elements to do something interesting in the sonic presentation of the song?’”

Check back for Gibson.com’s full interview with Odmark next week.

Photo by David Braud.