Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Mary Jones' Lights, Up the Chain
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been heralded since 2007 for delivering a fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll experience - crashing, oohing, wailing, and perhaps even shredding. Thanks to tastefully gritty guitars, bombastic drums and plunky bass -- not to mention the sweet vocal harmonies and fanfaric brass of trumpet and trombone -- HGTR delivers catchy, danceable numbers that will leave you humming and grinning time and time again. And it all comes straight from the heads and hearts of its talented young performers: six handsome gents from North Carolina who write dynamic, authentic songs and spend a whole lot of time traveling in a van together.
"You guys have really got something!" says Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. "A soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz," declares NPR. Paste continues, "Soul-inspired rock, that maintains a rootsy sound, brightened by warm swells of horns and rich harmonies.”
"Thanks!" say Charlie, Hank, Kevin, Ross, Matt and Stephen. "Since 2009, we've played about one hundred fifty shows each year -- on both coasts and in many places in between -- even festivals like Shakori Hills, Belle Chere, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Floyd Fest and Wakarusa!"
Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.
Fresh from recording their latest album in Philadelphia with renowned engineer, Bill Moriarty, the band is confident this batch of tunes (set to be released in 2014) will be lauded as their most musical musings yet.
Mary Jones' Lights
Mary Jones' Lights started its life as a studio project between guitarist/songwriter, Alex Lasner and vocalist, Jon Keigwin, in the Summer of 2011. They are currently mixing their debut album, Twisted Roots of a Family Tree, which will be released later this year. Check www.maryjoneslights.com for updates.
Up the Chain
Reed Kendall, founder of Up the Chain, has been recording original music since before his voice dropped. He performed at the legendary suburban Philadelphia venue The Point at age 13 and released a full-length solo album while still in high school. After living on the road playing colleges along the east coast and spending six formative months in New Zealand, Kendall returned to Philly in 2008.
There, he immersed himself in a rich, surging community of musicians and formed Up the Chain. Up the Chain released a four song demo (2008) and a full-length live record (2009) that quickly got local airplay. Opening spots with America and Jeffrey Gaines at esteemed venues such as the Keswick Theatre would soon follow.
What was once a rotating cast of some of the area's best musicians has since coalesced into a tightly-knit, soulful live band. The streets have been watching Up the Chain for years, but now the road beckons. "Holy, Open, Drying Road," released in 2011, is a spirited, earnest debut album from a band ready to take their locally reputed sound nationwide. In true Americana fashion, the album reveals a sensibility raised in Philly, refined in New Orleans, and bound for New York City.
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