Americana music for the soul…
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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.
Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons:
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons is an Americana band that began in Providence, RI in 2005. In the center of this revolving cast of musicians, songwriter Joe Fletcher remains at the helm of this country blues-based outfit while still playing many solo acoustic shows throughout the land every year.
Sometime in 2007, the band recorded their debut album BURY YOUR PROBLEMS at the rather mysterious Golden Monkey Studio in the heart of Providence’s Smith Hill neighborhood. Details of this event remain murky though it has been corroborated that sound experts Jay Berndt and Matt Oliva oversaw a assortment of musicians which included legends Jack Hanlon, Greg “J.D.” Burgess, Dennis Kelly, and Dale Cunningham. We do know that the record received overwhelmingly positive reviews and Fletcher’s story-driven songwriting began catching national attention earning comparisons to Cash, Cave, Cohen, and Dylan.
After a series of lengthy U.S. tours in support of Bury Your Problems, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons released their sophomore effort WHITE LIGHTER in December 2010. This time they entered the illustrious Machines With Magnets Recording Studio in Pawtucket, R.I. with a cast that included local luminaries Scott Boutier, Jack Hanlon, John McCauley, Alec Redfearn, Damien Puerini, Dave Lamb, MorganEve Swain, Lily Costner, and Tyler Hayden.
Following the recording of White Lighter, rhythm kings Dave Hemingway (drums) and Joe Principe (upright and electric bass) joined the organization, and guitar hero Damien Puerini stayed on in the lead role.
White Lighter has attracted a whole new level of attention to the band. Most notably, No Depression has championed the band, saying that “Joe Fletcher proves his versatility on White Lighter. His signature brand of dark and lyrically driven honky tonk is interspersed with a softer side that would make Hagg or Jones proud.”
Known best for their thrilling live show, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons have shared stages with many of their favorite acts including Deer Tick, The Low Anthem, Shooter Jennings, John Doe, Robert Earl Keen, The Supersuckers, Lydia Loveless, Murder by Death, Scott H. Biram, Holly Golightly, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Brown Bird, and The Devil Makes Three. Their wide variety of material and influences make them equally at home in a small café or a sold-out rock club.
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