TURCHI’s sound is kudzu boogie, a blend of slide-guitar fuzz and Deep-South trance, a fresh shoot growing from the deep roots of American music. With influences ranging from Hill Country bluesmen Fred McDowell, RL Burnside, and Kenny Brown, to iconic Southern Bluesrock artists such as the Allman Brothers, North Mississippi Allstars, and Black Keys, to songwriters like Randy Newman and JJ Cale, TURCHI continually incorporates new sounds and ideas while maintaining their trademark slide guitar and driving rhythm.

2013 was a busy year for Asheville, North Carolina-based TURCHI, who are coming off a hugely successful tour in Italy and a Spring album release, Live in Lafayette, which Living Blues said “marries [their] boogie pedigreewith down and dirty swamp blues.” Their recently released 10” vinyl EP My Time Ain’t Now (recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis) featuring an Americana-influenced, narrative style, is significantly more personal than the band’s previous recordings.
Reed Turchi (guitar, slide guitar, vocals) explains the narrative theme behind much of the album: “These songs came out of a long stretch of time stuck on the highway, with no home base, and lots of nights in truck stops and back roads.”

That sense of time and travel permeates the album, an ode to backroad America. While TURCHI explores a more singer-songwriter sound on My Time Ain’t Now, they continue to push the boundaries of their southern blues and rock influences. The groovy lead single, a re-interpretation of Josh Ritter’s “Mind’s Eye,” deftly pairs a laid-back guitar with gritty vocals that rise and fall in intensity. The haunting original “Ellicott City” interweaves the story of two young girls and a man dying of cancer on a melancholy summer night, while the rollicking title track has an unapologetic ladies’ man telling his girl he’s not finished yet.

Mark Holland

WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE STORY OF THE 1995 RELEASE OF THE JULE BROWN DEBUT, "THE LEGENDARY MAGIC OF JULE BROWN", AS WELL AS SOME OF THE ORIGINAL REVIEWS FROM BILLBOARD AND NEW YORK TIMES: Scandal immediately followed the now infamous press release for Jule Brown's first album, The Legendary Magic, released in 1995. Presented as a backwoods NC savant, and due to the authenticity of his sound, the press bit hard. Chris Morris from Billboard listed the album in his top 5 upon release. But a price was to be paid: freaking-out, as it were, about the repercussions, someone at Elektra (which Jennyanykind was still signed to) tipped Morris off to the ruse and thus Legendary gained legendary status. More of the story is told by Terry Tolkin, the label owner and also Elektra A&R man: "... actually, Wayne (Flaming Lips' front man) and Scott (their Manager) were always on the No.6 "promo" list. They know who you are. They both brought up the (now infamous) press release. Wayne had totally fallen for it at the time and when he found out about the spin, oh, I don't know if I ever told you this story before, stop me if I did. I was in Minneapolis for a Whigs opening for the Lips show when I told him about it. Someone at Elektra had already broken down and voluntarily told Morris that it was "fabricated". They did that BEFORE anyone knew the truth. As soon as they saw the review they called him and spilled the beans. Anyway, I had told the Lips and Whigs backstage before the show. Unbeknownst (is that a word? well it is one now...) to me, when each band took the stage they introduced themselves as "Jule Brown". "

Campfires and Constellations

Founded by guitarists Corey Bax and Charlie Smith in Dunn, NC, C&C has existed in its current lineup since the Spring of 2012. Ernest T picks the banjo and pedal steel, while Stevie Moon and Dangerous Dan fill in on drums and bass, respectively.



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Turchi with Mark Holland, Campfires and Constellations

Saturday, December 7 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Local 506