“The Wild West of Rock”
The Grave Jinglers are a rock band based in the Long Island / New York City area. The music is rooted in rock but is colored by Country, Blues, and Jazz and packed with as much drama as an old western film. Their songs are full of characters, images, stories, philosophies, and heartbreak with themes that are relevant to the times and echo the sincerity of the original blues singers. Keeping a keen awareness of their pop sensibilities the band is succinct and exciting enough to hold an audience’s attention but deep enough to get them pleasantly lost for a while.
Their first release was in April of 2013, a four song EP titled “Midnight Sun”. Not having the right pieces in place at the time, the band’s founder, Doc Reinhart, completed the EP almost entirely on his own. Soon after, Charlie Rauh came in from Nashville and was the first person to sign on to the group. The drum chair was filled with the addition of Joe Rende, a local Long Island suspect, in August. The search for a much needed, solid bass player came to a close early this year with the addition of Martin Doykin from Queens via Bulgaria.
In a short time, the band has already played the Huntington Fall Festival, packed the house at the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre with Nashville’s Karla Davis (a finalist in the second season of The Voice), appeared on WBAI 99.5 out of New York City and is planning to tour the east coast this summer with an eye towards Europe. “Midnight Sun” has been aired on over 50 radio stations and is currently receiving steady airplay in several European countries including England, Italy, and Germany. Their new 10 song album entitled “Smoke in the Rearview Mirror” is scheduled for release this Fall.
The Grave Jinglers are looking forward to sharing a night with you so bring your cowboy hats, whiskey, and dancing boots!
The tale of Doc Reinhart:
You may know of him already since a part of him still exists in most all of us, but Doc Reinhart is an ex medical doctor born and raised in a lower middle class family in the suburbs of Tombstone, Arizona. He remembers a distant life somewhat isolated, happy and protected, but all too soon he was released into a vicious and ignorant surrounding land. He tried hard to isolate himself and traveled many years on a path of discipline, questioning, self scrutiny and self-restraint, realizing that though he experienced the joys of overcoming his own limitations, obstacles and corruption, he possessed a growing anger and deep rooted hostility soon to be realized as the result of a lie. The world was nothing like he was shown, was not what he had remembered or imagined, and reflected none of what he had become. The tools he had developed to help others were constantly blunted with the blows of swords and sought after by the ravenous. The princess he wished to save would deem him charmingly brave, but unsettlingly dangerous and unbelievable. He would spend days at a time in dark rooms pondering these events and trying to reconcile his past. Though one could never tell by his light-hearted humorous spirit, Doc Reinhart has often been misunderstood and has enjoyed no more than random moments of solace or sympathy from a passerby. For this reason, he relates most wholeheartedly with the homeless and dejected. Doc Reinhart has the special power of mind reading and can manufacture light from disappointment and frustration born of the good. He has been known to mention a small town known as Wild Horse Junction. Nobody has ever confirmed its actuality, but he swears on his bones of its existence and tries endlessly to find it.
The entrance to this town supposedly reads:
“You have just entered Wild Horse Junction recently revitalized with the spirit of a fresh new perspective, where the old corrupted law of the west has been overthrown and replaced with the new establishment of law, that of no law, where no law is necessary because everyone has established this law in their own hearts, where no man or woman lies hungry and no child forlorn. The law of the land is love, but all the bitterness, anger and scars of the years that brought us here remain. They lie dormant, tamed and contained in the memory of its inhabitants and play like an endless film. Please do not feed the animals, but enjoy the show.”
Lastly, The Grave Jinglers like to have a lot of fun while pondering existence, so bring your cowboy hats, whiskey and dancing shoes to a show!
Jingler - a person who talks in rhyme or in a catchy repetitious manner, or someone who drinks a lot
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