Chris Marlon Jennings grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, busking on the streets. He met Jeff Lewis in 2008 at a tribal gathering of old friends and families in Maine. Lewis, a mandolin player, and islander was due at Berklee on scholarship but after a semester in Boston, he moved west to work with Jennings. Over time Jennings and Lewis built the five-piece that is Sun Parade; Karl Helander on drums, percussion, harmonies, and ambient barking, Max Wareham on bass, and Eli Salus-Kleiner on keys. Their new LP Shuggy Mtn Breakdown (out now via Lit33) is a fully-wrought artistic statement, road-tested in basement shows and packed houses along Route 9 in the band's home territory of Western Massachusetts.