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Song Of The Week | Jun 19, 2017

The Deadmen – 55 Days

deadmenBefore The Deadmen, Justin Jones and Josh Read had built independent careers and forged a friendship as singer-songwriters in DC. Jones was raised on a diet of Otis Redding and The Band in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He picked up the guitar at an early age and eventually moved to Washington because, in his mind, that was the biggest music town in the region.

He got a job bartending at the famous 9:30 Club and on his off nights put out a succession of self-released records. Jones went on to release two records through Thirty Tigers, and toured North America extensively.
Read came to DC by way of South Africa. Immersing himself in the DC music scene, he founded the now defunct Gypsy Eyes label, releasing records from Vandaveer, Brandon Butler (ex-Canyon and Boy’s Life), John Bustine and his own band, Revival. After a few years and a dozen releases, the label folded and the members of Revival left Read to join Son Volt… leaving Read without a band.

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Song Of The Week | Jun 12, 2017

Company Of Wolves – Play With Fire

Company Of WolvesCompany of Wolves formed in 1988 by Kyf Brewer – singer/songwriter, Steve Conte – guitar/singer/songwriter, John Conte – bass/singer/songwriter, and Frankie LaRocka – drums. By 1989, the band had garnered interest from many major labels and after a stunning NYC performance, were signed to highest bidder Mercury/Polygram. Company of Wolves’ eponymous debut was released in January of 1990 to rave reviews by standards of the industry like Rolling Stone and Album Network. The Wolves toured extensively the first year,recording a second album in 1991, which the label refused to release due to the then-popular insurgence of grunge music. The band subsequentlyreleased two further albums on their own, slowly dissolved, and began solo and backing careers, while always remaining close friends. The cult popularity of Company of Wolves after the introduction of the internet sparked enough interest for the band to consider reforming for more recording and live performances, despite the untimely death of drummer Frankie LaRocka in 2005. In 2017, Company of Wolves releases its first new recording in 20 years – their version of the Rolling Stones classic, “Play With Fire”.

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Song Of The Week | Jun 05, 2017

Quiet Hollers – Medicine

quiethollersQuiet Hollers formed in Louisville around the songwriting of singer/guitarist Shadwick Wilde, who originally formed the group with the idea of playing only one showóthe CD release of his solo effort, Unforgivable Things, in 2010. The groupís debut, I Am the Morning, followed in 2013. The alt-country styled album was a limited success, spawning a cult following in the US and some international critical praise, allowing the band to continue touring on the DIY circuit, where changes in personnel and taste saw the band exploring territory beyond the genre. In 2015 the bandís self-titled sophomore album Quiet Hollers introduced them to a much broader audience, drawing praise both for the breadth of its influences and for Wildeís lyricism. Consequence of Sound called it a ìbeautiful portraitÖ breaking the confines of roots musicî with PopMatters aptly noting the bandís ìstrong post-hardcore influence.î The album brought the band to Europe for the first time, selling out shows there and back at home stateside. Breakout singles found their way onto TV shows, coffeehouse playlists, and a #9 debut on the FMQB college and indie charts.

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