New GravelRoad album “Capitol Hill Country Blues” brings you back to the Hill Country
The Seattle-based band GravelRoad is back with a new album called Capitol Hill Country Blues! This is the follow-up of El Scuerpo which was released in 2014. Thia is the sixth studio album from GravelRoad and is recorded and mixed by legendary engineer Jack Endino in late 2015 & early 2016.
The title songs of this album “Capitol Hill Country Blues” really honors its name through the up-tempo rhythms and boogie guitar. This song will remind you of the work of R.L Burnside, Junior Kimborough and of course the bluesman who always is connected to GravelRoad: T-Model Ford.These blues guys have always been an inspiration for GravelRoad and it’s nice to hear that now continu, solid like a backbone on their new album.
Capitol Hill Country Blues
Come and Gone
Title Song and favorites
“Come and Gone” Is also a favorite and brings the GravelRoad liquor mix of Blues and Grunge more in place. GravelRoad always brings their blues with a garage-edged angle. But all things beside song is it is a pleasure to listen.
Imagine the music of Seattle based blues band GravelRoad as a vintage tour through American garage and roots music. GravelRoad is a groove machine, inspired by the early Mississippi blues greats and combined with Rock ´n Roll and Garage rawness. After releasing seven albums including two with blues legend T-Model Ford they are set to release “El Scuerpo”, GravelRoad’s best album yet.
El Scuerpo the best album yet
The music of Gravelroad fits each moment of the day and “El Scuerpo” is a good example of that statement. On ‘El Scuerpo’ you will experience how garage and heavy rock are close family of original blues from the Mississippi. GravelRoad knows very well how to bring it all together.
“El Scuerpo” is a heavier album than the other albums, sometimes comparable with Black Sabbath “as if they had grown up in Mississippi”. Vocalist and Guitarist Stephen explains: “We used Sabbath as a touchstone and reference to give some context to our heavier sound. Then again, the music speaks for itself. The root of all we do is in the blues, which of course influenced rock and roll and heavy rock, so a natural progression”.
The Backbone of their music lays in the blues of artists like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimborough, Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell and of course T-Model Ford. An example of the influence is Fred Mc Dowell’s Song Gravel Road Blues which was the inspiration for the band name.
‘El Scuerpo seems to be an album of old and new GravelRoad material. “Some of the songs on ‘El Scuerpo’ are old ones that the we used to play years back, and others just came quite spontaneously. – like 40 Miles. Which came to me almost fully formed. Another one, Asteroid, is based on a riff I have been playing since I first picked up the guitar. It just came back to my consciousness and asked to be crafted into an epic heavy tune”.
“Sometimes a song is fully formed when introduced to the band, and others are simply a riff or 3, maybe even some lyrics, and the band helps arrange it, maybe even adding more to it.”
GravelRoad and T-Model Ford
Throughout the repertoire of GravelRoad you will hear a great groove, you will move your head, tap your feet and rhyme along with it. That groove could be the reason for Chris Johnson (founder of Deep Blues) to ask the band help T-Model Ford to the Deep Blues Festival in 2008. Stephen recalls: “Marty (drummer) and I used to travel around to see T play, and Marty went down to Mississippi to live for a few months years before we even started playing with T. We were asked to help bring T to Deep Blues in 2008 by the founder of that festival, Chris Johnson, and never looked back. T really enjoyed playing with us and you know damn well we enjoyed playing with him!”
Future plans GravelRoad
While El Squerpo hasn’t officially been released on stage, GravelRoad is already working on songs for the next album. As indicated GravelRoad is a band for every moment of the day, and: “So far, it looks like the next album will mostly be a deep, deep Hill Country album, perhaps with a few surprises thrown in”, Stephen reveals.
During the Spring of 2015 GravelRoad will be visiting Europe with a tour through Germany, Poland, Holland and Belgium. If there is one thing sure about these guys: they know how to play them Blues!
“He stayed up all night drinking white whiskey or moonshine, “and playing the guitar,” “He kind of went on from there.” “He’d play late, then he’d spray himself with a bunch of mosquito spray and sleep in his van,” – T-Model Ford –
T-Model Blues Blog
It never became clear when the late James Lewis Carter Ford was born. Some say in the early twenties. His record company claimed he was born in 1918 or 1919. What we all know about T-Model Ford, he was an amazing Blues musician. Black Nanny, Everything Is Gonna Be Allright and Nobody gets me Down are some great songs of Ford. His Style contains Delta Blues, Chicago, Blues and Jump/Jive Blues.
Blues Guitarist at age 58
Ford started his blues career by playing at private parties and at juke joints in Greenville. The Mississippian claimed he started playing at the age of 58. T-Model once told Will Hodgkinson journalist and writer for the Guardian, that when his fifth wife left him at age 58 she gave him a guitar, he tried to work out the sound of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and he did good. Like any other true Rock ‘n Roller he stayed up late and drank Whisky all night long, while trying to play music.
T-model at a Blues Gig
In a recent article by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS for Associated Press I read the next fine paragraph: Mr. Ford would show up for gigs early and often play longer than expected, even when he started experiencing heart problems in recent years, Stolle said. Mr. Ford would also swig Jack Daniels on stage and chat with the audience. Often, he’d pick out a happy-looking couple that included an attractive woman and would talk directly to the man.
True Mississippi Blues Man
T-Model Ford had a tough life, and served two years of a ten year prison sentence for killing a man in self defence. Blues Music must have released Ford from a live full of trouble. The fantastic Mr. T-Ford recorded eventually seven records with three labels.