It’s my opinion that well-written, non-trite website bios are extraordinarily difficult to come by in the world of music, so it’s quite a treat when I dig up those that just say it much better than I was ever going to. From Truth and Salvage Co.‘s website:
Afraid of destruction? Doom got ya down? Flirting with disaster on the dark side of town? Truth & Salvage Co. is just the band to keep the bad times from getting you down. Something resilient and genuinely hopeful reaches out from this West Coast-dappled, Southern-tinged outfit. They are steadfast purveyors of a silver lining for gray-cloud days whose music is a beautiful rag ‘n’ bone buffet of unshakeable rock, classic country strains, unfiltered blues, and folk’s bonhomie, accented with winningly human harmonies – i.e. great American music in the heartiest melting pot tradition of the Byrds and the Band, substantive fare with radio-ready pop instincts that coalesces into some of the most readily enjoyable, soul-nourishing music being made today.
Boom. Nailed it. All I can really add is to agree wholeheartedly. This Nashville-transplanted sextet (originally from L.A.) is just as unflinchingly positive and “genuinely hopeful” as anything you’ll hear on Christian Contemporary Radio, and about 10,000 times more listenable. Their music is indeed reminiscent of Americana greats the Band and the Byrds, is more than a little tinged with a Skynard/Crowes Southern accent, and has a similar sense of timelessness and universality. Actually, their sonic kinship with the Black Crowes is more than just coincidence — the band caught they break after being noticed by the Crowes’ Chris Robinson, who signed the group to his Silver Arrow label, gave them the opening slot on the Black Crowes’ tour, and produced their first (self-titled) album. He must have liked them or something. It’s not hard to see why; at it’s core, Truth and Salvage Co.’s music is party music, but not the throbbing uuum-sa uuum-sa kind you’d hear at some god-forsaken upstairs 2nd-Avenue late-night dive. It’s that singalong kind of party music you can only imagine grew out of one of those hotel room chill sesh/jams straight out of Almost Famous, and in fact, the band themselves describe the songs off their upcoming album as, “redolent of long hours singing together on stages and in hotel rooms late at night.”
Tomorrow night’s show celebrates the launch of the band’s sophomore effort, Pick Me Up, which hits stores the same day. The album was self-produced in Asheville, NC (where many of the band members met), and was mixed by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses. Check out the band’s preview video for the album below, which is set to the twangy, mandolin-driven “Appalachian Hilltop.”
Also, keep in mind that the band cut their teeth opening for acts like the Black Crowes, and have since played The Ryman and Bonnaroo. So what? So they’re pretty capable of putting on a live show. Check out the group’s live performance of “Oh Sweet Nuthin'” with Rich Robinson below for a good idea of what to expect.
If this all sounds like something you might enjoy, then you’re in luck, because we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Truth and Salvage Co. TOMMOROW NIGHT at Exit/In.
- E-mail [email protected].
- Put “Truth and Salvage Contest” in the subject line.
- Provide us with your first and last name.
- (optional) For a bonus chance to win, tweet a link to this post or re-tweet our original post. (Let us know in your e-mail if you did this and we’ll enter your name a second time).
You and your guest must be 18+, per the show’s age requirements. Winners will be selected Tuesday (7/23) at noon.
Truth and Salvage Co. perform at Exit/In on Tuesday, July 23, with openers Brian Wright and Wes Sheffield. The show starts at 8PM, it’s 18+, and tickets are available here for $12 in advance and $15 day of show. If you aren’t free for the night show, you could also swing by to check them out at Grimey’s, where they will be doing an in-store at 6PM tomorrow.
Hey, how fun is this — the band also encourages recording/taping of all their live shows! In fact, you can download any of their live shows here from their live music archive. Pearl Jam style. Bring your old time-y camcorders, or just use your phone.