The Roosevelts at Empire Control Room

The Roosevelts

For fans of: Ryan Adams, Matt Nathanson, The Lumineers

The Roosevelts are craftsmen, specializing in heartfelt songs with real guts. The band is breaking out of Austin, TX with their rhythmic Americana-pop.

Founders James Mason and Jason Kloess began writing songs together in Austin in 2008, having moved to the capital city from Houston and Birmingham, respectively. For years, the pair whipped up sweaty crowds in dance halls and fraternity houses with covers on the weekends to pay the bills, while building their original repertory on the side.

Inspired by the pop singer-songwriter explosion of their formative years, namely Ryan Adams and Matt Nathanson, and modern folk-rock, the duo set out to create something current and classic with The Roosevelts. Armed with an arsenal of songs, they enlisted producer Dwight Baker, who steered organic pop/rock records for Brandi Carlile, Alpha Rev, and Bob Schneider, to guide their sonic vision.
The result is the Cold Sheets EP, which will see its national release this Fall. The 6-song set tugs at the heartstrings while drummer JJ Johnson (John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks) and bassist Dave Monsey (Fiona Apple, Edie Brickell) maintain a steady, driving pulse.

Fashion and music monthly, Tribeza, comments: Poised between the quiet tenderness of My Morning Jacket and the ballads of John Mayer, Mason and Kloess spin musical narratives of heartbreak and longing.

Poised between the quiet tenderness of My Morning Jacket and the ballads of John Mayer, Mason and Kloess spin musical narratives of heartbreak and longing.
//Tribeza Magazine

Austin, Texas based Western/Rock quartet, The Chorderoys, seem to have created a distinctive and undiscovered genre of their own-- quite a feat in today's music world. With a newly adopted style that is drastically different from their self-titled debut album, the old-western ambiance, rhythmic drive, and pure rock n' roll stage presence of The Chorderoys make them one of the absolute must-see, must-hear bands on the Indie circuit today.

Influenced by artists such as Band of Horses, Bob Dylan, and Monsters of Folk, The Chorderoys have grasped an innate rawness stemming from folk style lyrics and melodic guitar picking. Lead vocalist and guitarist Gregory Denn uses his unique dialect to filter old thoughts into the songs and lyrics of the band. Gregory's brother Jon Denn, the heartbeat and rhythmic force of the quartet, marches to his own beat and pulls you along for the ride as he switches between a variety of worldly percussion instruments that keep the audience on their toes during each live performance. Andrew Simmons, the bearded bassist, adds definition to each song with strong bass lines and an always alluring stage persona. Jeremy Newberry, the newest of the Chorderoys, rounds out the quartet with soulful organ and piano playing, flowing blond locks, and the signature Chorderoys rugged handsomeness.

Always performing, you can catch The Chorderoys live at venues around Austin. Plans for a tour are also in the works, so look out for the quartet that is dressed to kill on a stage near you.

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