Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass

n January 2011, Arkansas songwriter and "folk rock soul brother" Adam Faucett will release his third solo LP, "More Like A Temple" and embark on a US Tour which will run through most of the year.

Drawing comparisons from Townes Van Zandt to Tim Buckley to Lou Reed, Arkansas born and bred Adam Faucett is a tough act to label. Most known for his powerful, almost operatic voice and intricate finger-picking, Adam's songs are characterized by lush, warm melodies and shifty-smiled lyrics nestled on top of subliminal guitar work. It's a sound the Arkansas native has coined "southern soul swamp opera."

Originally from Benton, AR, now residing in Little Rock, Adam has previously released two albums as a solo artist and one with now disbanded Russellville, AR local heroes, Taught The Rabbits, which Adam has called "A Lush, Pink Floyd and Sonic Youth-inspired group; kids who grew up in a gravel pit tipping their hats to their psychedelic heroes from so far away." Taught The Rabbits' One But Just Another and Mallet and Watch were released in 2001 and 2006 and the band established a strong local following, touring regionally and sharing the stage with Calexico and Lucero. 

In 2006 Adam relocated to Chicago where he wrote the material that would become his first solo album and began playing solo shows around town. In 2007, he moved back to Arkansas to record "The Great Basking Shark" with longtime friend and producer Darian Stribling (Bob Goblin). The record displayed a focus on storytelling and roots arrangements, showcasing Faucett's strong vocals, unique finger-picking, and banjo playing. Adam toured extensively throughout the US in support of the album, playing over 100 shows from coast to coast.

In 2008, Adam returned to Blue Chair Studio to record "Show Me Magic, Show Me Out" (Blue Tint) with Stribling, and newly assembled live band "The Tall Grass" , comprised of Little Rock musicians Chad Conder (drums)  and Jonny D. (bass). "Show Me Magic, Show Me Out" demonstrated the electric folk soul sound that the band had been honing in live shows and marked further evolution in Faucett's songwriting. The Arkansas Times raved "Even the greatest American folk singers would be hard-pressed to leave such a vivid account...".  Faucett continued his rigorous touring schedule, opening for bands including The Legendary Shack Shakers, Vetiver, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Damien Jurado and Elf Power.

Faucett's newest release "More Like  A Temple" pushes out in all directions, simultaneously more folk, more rock, more melodic, more soul, and more sinister than all of his previous work. Love and Sweet Maureen come on like Otis Redding sitting in on a Pavement single. Morphine is a haunted morning-after reflection with a guitar hook that stays with you until the next morning. The swamp rock foreshadowing of Gator, the space folk of Saturday,  and the Zeppelin vs. White Stripes riffs of Do What I Say present Faucett as part folk crooner, part celestial traveler, part Arkie rock hero - all parts in sharp control of their faculties as writer, storyteller, singer, composer, and guitarist. 

Adam will be touring throughout 2011, playing his songs for friends, fans, and strangers alike.

Michael Fitzgerald

Riley James

Riley James has been writing songs since he could speak. At the age of 12, overcoming the adversity of an undeveloped left hand, he taught himself to play guitar and began putting music to these songs. After over a decade of playing in various punk rock and hardcore bands, in 2004 Riley returned to his roots and began playing country and folk music in the bars and cafes of St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City and every little Midwestern town in between. In 2006, Riley self-released his debut album Whiskey, Ramblin, and St. Louis Nights (James Whitlock, Homeset Studios), which contains songs of sorrow and redemption. Pat Wolfe of the KDHX show Interstate Radio described Riley as a "Young St. Louis singer/songwriter" who "sings with a voice worn by whiskey and late night wanderings".

In 2009, Riley began working with Carl Nappa of The Shed (Nelly, David Bowie, Boston, Christina Aguilerra, New Kids on the Block etc.) to record his second album, the Devil Don't Mind E.P. This album represented Riley's darker side and dealt with subjects ranging from heart break to drug addiction. Carl helped Riley to examine his music and look deeper within to perfect his voice and his sound.

In late 2009, Riley added a rhythm section in the form of the Bad Men with Tyler Bicknesse on drums and Aaron Daugherty on Bass. At this point, Riley began incorporating other influences from his childhood into his songwriting, beautifully blending pop of the 60's, indie of the 90's, and of course his folk and country foundation. In late 2010, Riley James & the Bad Men finished recording their debut album Time Goes On, returning to the Homeset Studio of James Whitlock, who has had extensive experience capturing the true sound of Riley's music.



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