Motion Pictures

Motion Pictures is a five-piece rock and roll band from Raleigh, NC that formed in the summer of 2009. Ryan Bartok (Lead Guitar) and Chris Pendleton (Vox/Rhythm Guitar) have been musical companions for the better part of 20 years, and had the privilege of meeting Paul Sanders (Keyboards and Vox) in the late ‘90's. They've been playing music together on and off ever since. Through years of bands together and separate, they teamed up with Robbie Brock (Drums) and Clint Jernigan (Bass/Vox/Engineer) to provide the backbone. Quickly becoming close both in music and friendship, Motion Pictures have enjoyed crafting songs together ever since. Motion Pictures self-produced debut EP was released in 2012.

For fans of: The Band, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam

The music feels familiar, yet somehow tough to categorize. Continuing the tradition of the folk storyteller while incorporating a love for rock, funk, and R&B, the Skillets blend their influences into a unique sound.

Wes Tucker & The Skillets released their fourth studio album, Afterlens, in November 2012. Produced by Grammy-Award-winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords, Robbers on High Street), the new album features some of the band’s most fully realized recordings to date, as well as special guest Rosanne Cash on backing vocals for “Oncoming Train.”

“I’m proud of this record. I feel like this is our strongest material yet—our best arrangements, a fuller sound, lyrically and vocally, just really solid songs,” said Tucker, who has been recognized in the past by the Mid-Atlantic Song-Writing Contest for his thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics.

That type of songwriting continues on Afterlens, which features stories about soldiers led off to die in the desert and our divisive political climate alongside stories about letting go of the past and redemption, two additional themes Tucker has long been drawn toward.

“Afterlens is a made-up word that speaks to the way things look entirely different once they have passed compared to how they look while we are going through them. That became a theme with the songs I was writing for this record. How much we can grow through experience if we learn from it, and how destructive it can be if we don’t.”

Their last studio album The Scorpion and the Dove earned them two nominations for Washington Area Music Association Awards “Wammies” for Best Roots Rock Group and Best Roots Rock Recording of 2009. Wildy’s World declared that “The Scorpion And The Dove is a striking album; you'll walk away from your first listen feeling like you've been listening to it for years. Wes Tucker has crafted the sort of album that you'll go back to again and again.”

Wes Tucker & The Skillets have been a DC-area mainstay since 2004. The band draws comparisons to genre-bending artists like Ben Harper and Wilco, and they have built a following on the strength of their live performances all over the region. They have been regulars on the summer festival circuit and have shared stages with acts such as Trampled by Turtles and The Hackensaw Boys.

For fans of: Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Josh Ritter

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