The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam kicks off with a fun day of rock at the Emerald Lounge!
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Velvet Truckstop’s new album, “Sweet Release” is of timeless caliber; filled with songs that illuminate the phenomenon of great music and illustrates the emotional tapestry of human experience in the new tradition of soul-infused Carolina Rock & Roll. “Sweet Release” is brand new compilation of original songs by Velvet Truckstop that focuses on the growth of this young group. The energy surrounding the project attracted guest contributions from locals and legends. “Sweet Release” boasts intricate harmonies from the amazing voice of Mary Ellen Bush from Ménage, keyboard solos from Tom Constanten from the Grateful Dead on many of the tracks. Percussion parts by Chris Pyle of Royal Trux and The Fenwicks and his father, Artimus Pyle from Lynyrd Skynyrd on “Condey Heights Millionaire”. Buddy Cage from New Riders of the Purple Sage adds colorful tracks on pedal steel to “Carolina Way”, “Box” and “Resting Place”.
Velvet Truckstop takes those traditional stringed instruments and relentlessly rocks the house to loyal audiences who feel the blues, dance the funk, and sing the truth: for people who strive to love life. “It’s the kind of rock you can lose yourself in”, comments Gus Lubin from ‘Yes Weekly’ in Winston-Salem. When musical magic spontaneously occurs on stage, the experience is shared by the performer and the audience. It is magical that cannot be artificial reproduced, happening in the ‘moment’ when the circumstance are perfectly aligned.
Jeff Santiago is a singer/songwriter based in Asheville, NC. Born in the Bronx, Santiago was given a guitar by his grandfather at an early age. He’d lock himself in his room with that guitar and his older brother’s record collection shaping his musical future.
Santiago moved to Los Angeles in 1997 where he was in several rock bands with regional success in southern California. There he also founded the acoustic rock band Rozinante. After two albums he relocated to Asheville where he continued to tour as a solo artist and gain regional success. He also joined the indie rock band The Broomstars.. Some of these Broomstars support him and make up Los Gatos Negros. They include Jason Daniello (guitar / vocals), a successful singer/songwriter in his own right, Clayton Jones (drums) and Jared White (bass). Both projects became a vehicle for discovering a region of the country new to him. “I’ve found so many new influences and experiences here in Asheville.” Santiago says, “The mountains, landscape and people are incredibly inspiring.”
The Folkadelics’ music is a unique blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop, and funk, led by four-part vocal harmonies. Blurring the lines of musical genres, they challenge you to sit still when they take the stage.
Sam Miller (guitar/vocals/beatbox/harmonica) and Gavin Cummings (wah-wah mandolin/vocals/trumpet) formed the band in late 2006 while attending Ithaca College together. The band composed their own material, inspired by late-night acoustic jam sessions and rowdy nights and amidst the chaos of finals week in May 2007 cut a self-titled acoustic EP at the Ithaca College School of Music.
In the fall of 2007, the band relocated to New York City, where they were soon joined by powerhouse vocalist Danielle Faraone, whose crooning has been compared to that of Gwen Stefani’s. Then after adding bass and drums to the recipe, the band finally had the funky backbone that its songs had been craving. As of 2011, bass master Drew Kelly and hard-hitting drummer Tom Barraco are in the pocket driving the rhythmic machine beneath the band’s action-packed and exciting live performances.
In 2010, /the Folkadelics worked alongside Matisyahu producer Steve Wall to release a 6-track self-titled EP. Mastered by Mark Santangelo (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye Wet), this EP has captured the energy of the band’s live shows. Soon after this release the band competed in NYC at The National Underground’s Battle of the Bands, where they were dubbed winners by a celebrity judge panel that included musician Gavin DeGraw and Q104.3 host Jonathan Clark.
In 2011, The Folkadelics began touring the Northeast extensively. Their summer tour included stops at major festivals, including Grassroots, Gratefulfest, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Hookahville, and The Werk Out Fest. They supported acts like Dark Star Orchestra, Rusted Root, EOTO, Vinny Amico (moe.), Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Girl Talk, while touring throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
As journalist Marissa Devitto once stated about the band, “I dare you to try and sit still!” The Folkadelics look forward to the road ahead; there’s nowhere to go but up now!