The music we are making has evolved into some of the deepest, darkest blues out there.
Spring and Summer 2008 has seen GRAVELROAD on tour throughout the US. Highlights included a March tour spanning all US time zones, marked by dynamic live shows, sparkled with numerous other alt-blues bands in our contemporary musical community.
The momentum continued this summer as GRAVELROAD spent over two weeks on the road with legendary Mississippi alt-bluesman, T-MODEL FORD, to and from the DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL in LAKE ELMO, MN.
The Deep Blues Festival celebrated the finest musical influences and peers in our genre ... or, lack of genre. GRAVELROAD is part of a community of music that defies simple categorization.
To have the opportunity to support and be the backing band for Alt-Blues legend T-MODEL FORD is an honor for these relatively young men. T-Model\'s the only octogenarian on the circuit. He\'s out-lived all of his contemporaries. RIP: RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. He\'s the last one left. GRAVELROAD is honored to be touring with \"Uncle T.\" We hope he doesn\'t bring the knife back out on the road with him.
Anyone can learn to play music. Reading notes is easy. Feel is harder. Range of feel, dynamics, vulnerability, sincerity ... these are the greater challenges, both musically and personally. We are ok with these struggles. They speak to life. They are the truth.
We are chameleon-like. We are hard to pigeon-hole. We like it this way.
We look forward to having Uncle T for even more color on the road. We are planning more adventures with T-Model Ford from here on out…it’s a family thing now. Look for us in middle America again this year ... and GRAVELROAD in Europe early in 2009.
www.myspace.com/gravelroad (main website)
www.gravelroadblues.com (under contruction)
*REVIEW OF THE ALBUM:
\"Shot The Devil\"
Uncle Larry\'s Records
Not too many Blues-rock bands would open a studio CD with an instrumental, no matter how raunchy and driving - but \'Fred #3\' certainly merits those adjectives, and GravelRoad are no ordinary outfit. This Seattle based trio actually kill the devil on the title number, and not even Robert Johnson could claim that! Then there\'s another short instrumental, \'Hair Of The Dog\', the title of which tips the listener to the fact this is the mutant offspring of Hound Dog Taylor, an influence on the raw, distorted, dirty and sometimes spooky guitar sound. The band\'s scratchy, mean, punky RL Burnside/Fred McDowell inspired sound is complemented on a few numbers by some forthright lyrics - no parental guidance warning, though there should be. The numbers are all originals, even the brooding, droning \'Taildragger\', which is certainly not the Howlin’ Wolf song, and the CD closes with a successful remix - and I am no great fan of remixes. It is not all blood and thunder, though, as bandleader Stefan Zillioux\'s solo acoustic interlude \'Sammy\' bears witness. This is Blues without the blinkers, but definitely with attitude.
*GRAVELROAD: HEAR THE DIRT.
Imagine how you like yr blues. Do you like \'em traditional (whatever that is)? Creepy and slidin\'? Sweet? Heavy? Tough and shiny? Weird and wiggy? Brilliant and stoney? That\'s how GravelRoad likes \'em too. Seattle\'s GravelRoad are deep blues fiends who have crawled through the vast black hole left by the deaths of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, been absorbed into the razor light shining from the ancient beacon of Mr.Fred McDowell and have smelt the bleached burnt rubber black top left in the shadow of ZZ Top\'s last ride through and back to Greenville and in turn fashioned their own entity and identity out of Mississippi rain, dirty warehouses, downtown last calls, beer stank basements and Capitol Hill Country Hi-Rises. Songs, freak outs, grooves, stomps, humps, knuckle draggers and dirty remixes about bad women, worse men, brand new babies, and trouble. Plenty of trouble. How do I like my blues? GravelRoad Style.
GravelRoad will rock The Deep Blues Festival Friday July 18th http://ricksaunders.blogspot.com/2008/04/gravelroad-hear-dirt.html
GravelRoad come out of Washington State. As of late, as well as doing their own thing they’ve been acting as T-Model Ford’s backing band. An honor and weight that has not been lost on them. They have the kind of sound you would expect from a few kids from the state that created grunge that probably own everything from the Fat Possum roster. Don’t let that come off as a slight to them cause it could not be further from the desired affect. This album, Shot the Devil (released October, ‘08), has a sound so dirty and thick it kind of oozes out of the speakers and into your ears much like the mud of a Mississippi swamp. All the while the grit in Stefan’s voice plays the perfect compliment. This is whiskey drinkin’ music and I’ll be right primed to do just that about the time they take the stage at the DBF Friday afternoon. (http://ninebullets.net/category/gravelroad)