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Redshell

by Redshell

Roots rock with a hint of alternative country; think The Wallflowers, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Wait For You
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2. The Answer
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3. Pretty Girl
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Ray Greiche is the quintessential natural. With no formal training in musical composition or songwriting, at age nineteen he picked up his college roommate's guitar and began what was to become the driving force in his life, making music that moves people.

In the years before the formation of Redshell, Ray Greiche had been making a name for himself playing acoustic sets in and around New York City both solo as well as with a host of talented musicians. All the while, the gifted musician was creating a sound that infuses itself with the flavors of rock, soul and country.

"Those years in the bars, served as my main musical education. Those gigs were my school and my classroom," says Ray Greiche.

This sound was captured in his 7 original song debut CD "Everything's Fine" (2000). The extremely warm reception of the music by critics and fans alike encouraged Ray Greiche to form a full time band.

After his lead guitarist left to go on the road with the popular band Blues Traveler, Ray Greiche was introduced to J Edmund T, who in stark contrast to Ray Greiche is a multi-instrumentalist and performer since the age of five. Furthermore, J Edmund's musical foundation was grounded in classical theory and jazz composition. Next to Ray's earthy, self taught approach, J Edmund brings years of experience, talent and balance to their friendship and music.

Soon, it became apparent that more than a musical collaboration was at hand. Obviously a new band was well on its way to conception, Ray Greiche and J Edmund T decided to create Redshell. J Edmund T, using his strong experience, took over the reins of producing their debut CD.
 
"Redshell has really become a place for me to express my harder, edgier side".

While auditioning the other two members to round out the band, J Edmund T came across Berklee alum, bass player Ben Zwerin. Born in Paris, France, Zwerin's father, Mike Zwerin, is a famous trombonist who has performed with the likes of Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, and Maynard Fergusson, exposing Ben to many cultures of music since his early childhood; Jazz, Funk, Tango, Folk Rock and fusion.

Ben explains, "Playing with Ray is refreshing because his music is catchy and has a wide appeal and it inspires me to play with a lot of feeling and emotion."

Finally it was Ben who brought the fourth member to the group, Patrick Carmichael, with whom he had been playing in many rocking rhythm sections throughout New York City.

Patrick's musical experience covers a variety of atmospheres that include Broadway tours, recording sessions, local nightclub gigs, weddings, you name it. His musical tastes are even more eclectic, although his favorite thing to do is lay down a groove that makes people feel good.

"Ray's music always connects to an audience and I walk away from Redshell gigs happy and fulfilled. My motto has always been 'start simple and grow from there' ".

Redshell gave all the guys a place to bring their own style and signature. Their debut CD, an eponymously titled collaboration captures the subtleties, influences, and divergent personas that make up the essence of Redshell.


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Lucy

Awesome!
Ray and RedShell have put out an awesome CD! The music is great and Ray sounds better than ever! RedShell needs to play some more dates in Connecticut!
Great Job!

Bill Ribas

"...the music is clean and rocks when it has to."
Redshell, Redshell (© 2003 Raymond Greiche)

So glad to get a roots-rock/Americana type disc this month, and a good one to boot. When I went looking for info, though, I was surprised to see the outfit was from NYC. Not that it's never happened before, but as the chords came out of the speakers, I was thinking of some guys in Nebraska or the like. My slipping mind aside, the band consists of Ray Greiche on vocals/guitar, J. Edmund T on guitars, Ben Zwerin on bass, and Patrick Carmichael on drums. I am reminded of the BoDeans, a band from way back. Though, here, Greiche's voice doesn't have that nasal twang like those boys did. But the music is similar in that it's clean and rocks when it has to. You get the sense of an honesty to the music. That is, you feel shades of country music, but not like that of a Chevy pickup ad. Again, I'm disappointed to find only six songs here, as I would have liked to hear more. Maybe it's a trend in the music biz, maybe it's the economy, maybe it's the dang internet, who knows. In any event, the half dozen songs here are real purdy, and you can find more about the band at www.raygreiche.com.

Rambles.net, Sarah Meador

"They play with the confidence of a permanent fixture...
Redshell,
Redshell
(self-produced, 2003)


Sometimes it's hard to tell what a performance is missing until the problem is corrected. It would have been hard to claim that something was missing from Ray Greiche's Everything's Fine, a good, solid performance with a collection of appealing songs. But now it seems there were a few things lacking, and they were the members of Redshell.

With the band's self-titled debut album, Redshell, Greiche has done more than fill out a few threadbare areas in his performance. The challenge of coordinating his music with others has added a subtle depth to his songwriting, something hard to identify in its absence but impossible to miss once heard. The occasional threadbare melody or unpolished edges from Fine are replaced now with smooth guitar licks and a stealth rhythm section that smoothes out the rough edges of Greiche's native rock style and lets it roll.

Redshell is a fairly new band, but anyone could be forgiven for thinking this was a long unknown underground group, one with a decade or more of history between them. They play with the confidence of a permanent fixture, guitars sliding around vocals, percussion moving back and forth with the easy trust of longtime partners. It's hard to discuss Redshell without making them sound like "Greiche's band," since he performs the lead vocals and writes the songs. But a single hearing makes it clear that this really a collaboration of equals, with each member adding something essential to the group's sound. J. Edmund T's guitar work is every bit as much a central focus as the vocals, providing much of the essential feel for the album. Ben Zwein's bass and Patrick Carmichael's drums never claim center stage, or even force themselves into the viewer's awareness, but the sheer unobtrusiveness with which they create the constant backbone of the album is remarkable.

This is an album that rightly belongs in the oft-maligned "soft rock" or "power ballad" category, a concoction of rock beats softly mellowed with a touch of blues and polished in the studio to a romantic dark gloss. There's still plenty of rock drive in tracks like "The One to Cry" and the solo upbeat piece "Pretty Girl," but there's also a relaxed sensibility that suggest these songs have no need to prove themselves. This is rock 'n' roll on the morning after a good party, one where things got just the right bit out of hand.

The one disappointment about Redshell is the surprising brevity. With only six officials tracks and one strange, meandering bonus soundbite, the album is just long enough to captivate a listener without being quite deep enough to satisfy. It's hard to believe the group just ran out of steam. From the opening notes of "Wait for You" it's obvious that Redshell's music has plenty of energy, and it's energy ready to pace itself for the long haul. The six tracks that do exist lend themselves to hours of replay, but more diversity could only strengthen the album. With luck, future releases will be meatier. Luck or not, future releases are surely forthcoming; music this good can hardly be turned off at the source.

- Rambles
written by Sarah Meador
published 7 November 2004

Ray Greiche Sr.

GREAT SOUND FOR CONVERTIBLE WITH TOP DOWN!!!
DONT STOP KNOW... WHENS YOUR NEXT CD? dont forget I get 20% Love ,Dad