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Giovany Revelle is a first-generation singer-songwriter and producer child of immigrants born in Corpus Christi. His roots, however, are firmly grounded in Chicago where he’s lived for over three decades. It’s where he’s become a seasoned musician. Growing up he traveled frequently to Mexico exposing him to different genres of music and soon began writing songs inspired by his experiences. After High School, Revelle focused on writing songs about immigrant rights and acting as Musical Director for his church. He has played bass, drums for other local Chicago acts, and most notably produced Rosalba Valdez’s EP, “Yo Soy Mexicana.”
In 2017, after the sudden loss of his father, who supported and believed in his music, he decided to focus on his original music, searching for musicians to record with. He was fortunate to find Roy McGrath, who co-produced Revelle’s debut album. In late 2020, after a severe car accident that served as a catalyst, he was committed to finishing his album that had already seen setbacks due to the pandemic. He recorded 11 songs in his home studio to build them, recruiting musicians and backup singers who would help deliver his soul-driven music with nods to his roots and influences. The result is a full sonic voyage rooted in nostalgia that uses modern production to showcase Revelle’s penchant for writing catchy and timeless tunes.
‘It Was You’
I grew up in a really sheltered conservative household and dealt with some pretty nasty mental health issues my whole life,” Price reveals. “I had never really stood up for myself or done anything just because I wanted to. In my early twenties, I started working in Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert researching these big 70 million-year-old magma bodies. Being out there for the first time was so cathartic. I couldn’t believe that I was this kid from south Texas that had ended up working with folks from all over the world in one of the most other-worldly places I’d ever seen — just because I wanted to. Not because it was going to make my parents happy or make a lot of money. I just went because I wanted to learn
Alias James lives “out in the country”, in an unincorporated area in rural California, called West County. A songwriter with a wide range of influences – country, Americana, alternative rock, singer-songwriter, including Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, the Carter Family, Dwight Yoakam, Neil Young, Hank Williams, James Taylor, the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Kings of Leon, Jon Pardi, Don Henley….”I like living in the country, being around animals, and record in a barn with old Ampex tape preamps….I believe a song has a mind of its own.”
Working closely with famed Juno nominated producer Gus van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Sam Roberts) on this new collection of songs has pushed Roper into creating some of his best work, “Recording with Gus and Werner F was on a whole new level. They really cared where the songs were headed and that they ended up just right”, Roper confides. “Everything was broken down to the finest details and nothing was allowed to sit at just “ok”. It was all about getting the vibe right.”.
‘If You Don’t Mind’ (with Marc Bentel)
Romain Gutsy is a French-born singer-songwriter and a musician who started his career in the 90s, singing and playing accordion with French bands such as Les Affamés, or guitar in the Celtic band Daffy Plays Mandola, as well as playing with more famous artists such as the Grammy award winner alt-Rock band, Soul Asylum, or American singer, Calvin Russel.
After more than 20 years of musical semi-pause and traveling all over the world, he came back in 2020 with a solo album under the name of THE RED, Whatever Says the Clock, featuring songs composed of lyrics made of classical American and Irish poetry. It was followed in 2022 by a new album called When Leonard Met Dolly.
‘The Ballad of Sunny & Bolo’
Water Weight is the solo project of New York based drummer and singer Willis Mathewson.
Farrow and the Peach Leaves
The band draws inspiration from the band’s love of seventies country rock, blues guitar stylings and the unique gestalt of their home region of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Knibb’s lyrics, and the theme of the music evoke their hometown of Nevada City, California, a small town nestled in an underrepresented region of Northern California that Knibb describes as brimming with incredible beauty, while populated with a wild mix of weed growers, coal rollers, demi-cults, fiery bible thumpers, and strung out down-and-outs.
‘Can’t Wait To Never See You Again’
Hellbound Glory is the American singer-songwriter Leroy Virgil. Originally formed in 2008 in Reno, NV — Leroy is currently back in his hometown of Aberdeen, WA. He’s credited Hellbound Glory’s influences as “Hank Williams, Nirvana, Hank Jr.” — and he’s toured eclectically alongside ZZ Top, Leon Russell and 10 Years.
On his third Shooter Jennings produced LP — the album, The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You, weaves in and out of classic Leroy Virgil country, and and dabbles in blues and folk. This includes including standards and new cuts from Virgil.
Hailing from the barrier islands of South Carolina, Andrew Christopher Rutherford Royal has a deep connection with the land and embodies a non-traditionalist’s interpretation of the eastern South. He writes Southern Gothic cameos which he weaves into often dark, Indie Americana. After writing and curating the works for an album he records and mixes the music for Rutherford Royal (as well as other artists) in his remote cabin studio overlooking a hidden waterfall in southern Tennessee.
‘Don’t Let Her Down’
Dear Misses was founded in 2017 in Muotathal SZ and consists of Fabian Schelbert (voc, git), Jonas Marty (voc, git), Cornel Betschart (dr), Thomas Uttinger (b) and Belinda Villforth (voc, perc). Their self-invented genre “Bluesadelic” is composed of garage, blues, rock, psychedelic and country elements. The band has released three studio albums, an EP and several music videos and played numerous shows throughout Switzerland. Several songs made it into national and international radio programs (including CH, USA, NZ). Their records breathe the analog spirit of magnetic tapes, oxidation and disorder, their live shows sparkle with spontaneity.
[All Press Notes provided by the artists]
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis