Truth & Salvage Co.
Song Preservation Society, Wes Sheffield
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Truth & Salvage Co.
“How is it having four singers in the band?” is the question most asked of Truth & Salvage Co., often followed by “Where’s the group from again?” Though answers often vary depending on who you ask, the fact is that there would not be a Truth & Salvage Company without four singers; the band would have never come to be. It is through the collaboration of their songwriting and the unique combination of their voices to which they owe their inception. Since the forging of this completely functional family-by-choice in 2007 their music has been nothing but infectious. They quickly caught the attention of Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) who signed the act to his label Silver Arrow Records, and produced the band’s self titled debut, released in May of 2010. Before the record was even released T&S was invited to support the The Black Crowes on tour for the better part of 2009, which greatly helped to spread their gospel. Rolling Stone magazine awarded their debut effort with a 3 and 1/2 star review, and USA Today touted the group as being one of the top up and coming acts to see. Countless other shining critical reviews have been bestowed upon them as well as numerous TV appearances including PBS Sun Studios Sessions and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The music of Truth & Salvage Co. sits comfortably between two musical genres, Country and Rock & Roll, and is appreciated by staunch lovers of both. Their performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival was anticipated and widely received, and they are among a short list of groups that has been asked to perform Country music’s Stagecoach Festival two years in a row. Their live show is highly energetic and stacked with four part harmonies, hot and tight. The singers effortlessly trade the role of “lead” throughout the set, keeping the show fresh and the listener attentive. Other notable acts they have had the privilege to support are The Levon Helm Band, The Avett Brothers, Govt Mule, and Lynryd Skynryd and can count sold-out shows at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and multiple nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco as some of the most memorable.
Truth & Salvage Co. is Adam Grace (organ), Tim Jones (singer, rhythm guitar), Scott Kinnebrew (singer, lead guitar), Bill “Smitty” Smith (singer, drums) and Walker Young (singer, piano).
Though predominately Southern in origin and destined to return, they presently reside in their Ford van, dubbed “The Champion”. Truth & Salvage Co. tour incessantly, and are gearing up to record their second album, slated for release Spring 2012.
Song Preservation Society
“What the Shins are to the movie Garden State, Song Preservation Society could be to a potential Golden State.”
Song Preservation Society started is Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer and Daniel Wright. Their debut EP, Ready Room, was recorded in the fall of 2012 with guidance from the much-respected Nino Moschella, master of coaxing masterful production out of a modest multitrack. Ready Room is Song Preservation Society’s from-the-heart music brought to full and beautiful life with brass and woodwinds and strings and even fuzz guitar. It’s seven songs with a strange kind of purity that points to something timeless. In 1966, it could have fit between the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Love; in 1976, it’d make people think of the last Big Star album; right now it shines through bands like Fleet Foxes and The Shins to be a ray of light all its own. When they started out, they might have picked that name just for fun. But on Ready Room, they’ve really made something worth preserving.
Raised in a small town tucked away in North Mississippi, Wes quickly developed an affinity for the soulful sounds for which the South has always been revered. On an errand with his grandfather to replace a bicycle tire, he spotted an old acoustic guitar for sale in the hardware store. After fevered assurance to his grandfather that the purchase wouldn’t be in vain, they left the hardware store with bicycle tire and guitar in tow. With good guidance from local players like Bob Gilliland (who is well known in Wes’ hometown of Fulton to be the go-to guitar teacher with a multi-year waiting list), Jeff Spencer, Mark Willcutt, the late Mike Mehalic and countless others, Wes began his pursuit of becoming a skilled musician. Through his high school years, he was encouraged by his mother to sing and by a classmate, Alaun Comer, to write his own music. “I might not have ever had the audacity to write, had it not been for Alaun,” he recalls. After graduating high school, Wes paid a short tenure at Berklee College of Music in Boston and subsequently the songwriter bars of Hollywood, CA. However, there seemed to be something missing. It was home. After realizing that his heart was truly in the South, Wes moved back to Mississippi to further hone his playing and writing abilities. Spending some time developing a hard earned reputation for haunting live performances and quality writing, Wes recorded his first album with help from another local Tupelo musician who was very successful in his own right, Adam Grace of Truth and Salvage Co. The two had met years before while Wes was in Los Angeles and after a chance run-in at a Truth and Salvage show in Tupelo, they decided to make a record. After a hard month of work at Creative Workshop Studios in Nashville, TN, Wes had his debut album completed. With help from Adam Grace, Teddy Morgan, and the Truth and Salvage rhythm section, they cooked up an impressive blues-rock album. Encouraged by the legendary Muscle Shoals producer, engineer and session guitarist Jimmy Johnson (Bob Segar, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, among many, many others) Wes formed a dream band made up of the absolute best local musicians: Luke Johnson – Guitar, Justin Enlow – Drums, Caleb Guth – Bass, Mark Willcutt – Percussion, and Billy Earheart - Hammond/Keys. And so the Slowburners were born. Stay updated on their whereabouts and you’re sure to catch one hell of a show!
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