Tarrant, Sound & Shape, A Woman Is A Woman, Bloon

Tarrant

Sound & Shape

A Woman Is A Woman

Bloon

Tue, September 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$7.00

Tickets at the Door

Tarrant
Tarrant
The Richmond, VA band Tarrant is one of the leading lights on the city's burgeoning music scene thanks to their rollicking live shows and a sweetly simmering debut EP, Lazarus. This six-track authentic American roots rock album draws from deep stylistic sources. From contemporary flair to rock Americana, this album leads us into broader, deeper and more adventurous realms, bouyed by soulful Southern rhythms.

Lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Jordan Tarrant grew up in Texas and has been writing songs and recording since his teens. After his time at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music he moved to Richmond and put together Lazarus. The album was recorded at Virginia Moonwalker, with friend and producer Russell Lacy. This collaboration laid the foundation for the band Tarrant is today.

The band that bears Jordan's surname organically coalesced from the "great players in this town," he enthuses, after he began performing with Lacy in Richmond clubs and through the sessions for Lazarus. First in was guitarist/mandolinist Jared Pool, who honed his skills on the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass festival circuit and studied jazz guitar in college. Drummer Dusty Simmons developed his mighty grooves working as a professional musician since his first weekly bar gig at age 13. Bassist Kai Eason played in funk bands through high school before expanding his range to become adept in numerous styles playing in Virginia clubs.

Rounding out the line-up is auxiliary member Craig Harmon playing Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer and steel guitar as he's done in the studio and onstage with Cracker, Tift Merritt, Joan Osborne, John Doe, Caitlin Cary and others. Craig also contributes southern spice and brilliant story telling.

As a genuine band, everyone adds their creative contributions and touches to Tarrant's wide ranging material and sultry sound. As Richmond.com notes, "The lyrics are up front... rattling off a good story interlaced with some melodic guitar parts here and rockin' grooves there. It's fun, hard driving... pretty at times."

The buzz on the band continues to build in Virginia and beyond as they record their first album with producer/engineer John Morand – known for his work with acts like Cracker, Black Crowes, Camper Van Beethoven, Leftover Salmon, Joan Osborne and others – and slated for release later this year. All signs indicate that Tarrant is making an indelible mark as one of today's most distinctively powerful and gripping country bands.
Sound & Shape
Sound & Shape
We don’t have to buy what they sell.” It’s a lyric from Sound&Shape’s new EP but it could also be seen as an ethos the band has clung to for the length of its career. Starting off in a time where Rock And Roll was seen as almost passe and practically unmarketable, the band saw a point on the horizon and has worked tirelessly to reach it. An artistic vision based on both brutal honesty are theatric artiface, Sound&Shape’s body of work speaks as a testament to the belief in the transformative power of music, Rock and Roll specifically.

A mostly straight line can be drawn from the band’s ambitious debut record, “Where Machines End Their Lives,” through the “Love Electric” EP, to the more straightforward “Now Comes The Mystery” EP and the second proper album, “Hourglass.” With their third full length, 2014’s “Bad Actors” they went further afield in all directions and reached new personal songwriting heights. Now they’ve come to “Peasants,” a 5 song EP that takes the band’s sound and again elevates it to new levels. Tightly packed musically, with lyrics relatable on both a personal and socio-political level, this EP is the next natural step in their evolution.

After having been a 3 piece since their first album, Ryan Caudle (guitar, vocals), Gaines Cooper (bass, vocals) and Grant Bramlett (drums) brought in Chris Hurst on second guitar to fill out the sound both live and in the studio. With “Peasants” ready for release, the horizon looks bright and the road ahead looks long and exciting.
A Woman Is A Woman
A Woman Is A Woman
Taylor Bassett Santiago Santos Zach Compton Benjamin Zawistowski
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org