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RNDM is Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur and Richard Stuverud.

The chance encounters of everyday life shape us in more ways than we can imagine. From them spring unexpected opportunities, exciting new directions, burgeoning friendships and, quite often, great music.

Such as is the case with “Acts,” the debut album from RNDM, featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. As the project’s moniker alludes to, Ament and Arthur met randomly on a June evening in 1999, when Arthur opened a show at the late, great New York club Wetlands on a bill headlined by Ament and Stuverud’s side project Three Fish. At the time, Arthur was drawing acclaim for his solo performances, which employed a looping pedal that made the artist sound as if he was being backed by a full band.

“I’d seen people mess with a looper a little bit, but I’d never seen anybody do what Joe was doing at that time,” Ament recalls. “He made it all so seamless.” Says Arthur, “I remember meeting Jeff and being nervous to talk to him. It’s always nerve-wracking to meet someone in a band that big. But on the other hand, I met a girl there that night that I ended going out with for five years.”

The pair stayed in touch via email over the ensuing years, and reconnected in 2010 after Arthur played a KEXP-sponsored lunchtime gig in Seattle. Ament extended Arthur an invitation to come to his Montana home to jam, but before they could make plans, a song emerged unexpectedly.

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