People's Blues of Richmond & Kendall Street Company
People's Blues of Richmond & Kendall Street Company
People's Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they've signed with Management Anonymous and Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C. as well as NYC's Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, The National in Richmond, a dozen festivals around the country including Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN' & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like The Almann Brothers, ZZ Top, Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello, Dinosaur Jr., SCI, and WSP!
Their new album was recorded in Richmond by Ricky Olson at The Ward, and is named after the band’s intense new one-minute and 35 second hit of proggy psych-punk, ”Quit or Die." As PBR pounds into the first chorus, singer Tim Beavers II howls, "Compromise is suicide when your choice is quit or die!" The song explores the hardships of addiction, from eviction notices to regrettable drug deals. Quit or Die is filled with thought-provoking lyrics as the band sonically claws through the speakers like some mutant beast. The songs "Richmond City Hangover Blues" and "The House on Oregon Hill" are shout-outs to their filthy/beautiful hometown, while "The March" and "I Understand" both exemplify the band's love of life on tour and all the insanity that comes with it, and "I Love You" and "Just Tears" express the futility and anguish of love gone awry. The moods shifts from dark and brooding to manic and frenzied as if the record itself was suffering from borderline personality disorder.
People's Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van. They've been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step. After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”
The band is currently working on a "Quit or Die" music video before continuing to take audiences by storm with their unbelievable live shows, which often include smashed guitars, blazing light shows and brilliant projections from Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band back in Richmond).
From late night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to the main stages of venues throughout the East Coast, the Company has broken out of the college bubble and into a world that loves to groove to a great live show. The band was founded in the early months of 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff. The duo had been playing together for some time in the greater Virginia Beach area, joined by a rotation of talented musicians who performed behind Louis as the Louis Smith Band. After moving to Charlottesville in late 2012 to attend the University of Virginia, the pair began putting together a group of student musicians, adding Brian Roy on bass/vocals and Ryan Wood on drums/percussion in early 2013. Since then, the band has added Andrew King on keyboards, Ben Laderberg on the electric guitar, and Jake Vanaman on saxophone.
Kendall Street Company performs regularly along the East Coast, maintaining a central presence around the state of Virginia. While the Company's music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, the group has been described as "psychedelic," "alternative," "jammy," "rock," "indie," and "ska". Their recent performance at the 2017 Lockn Music Festival was praised by Relix magazine as having "[raised] the crowd's energy with frontman Louis Smith and guitarist Ben Laderberg's acoustic/electric interplay and lively, technical breakdowns". It is not uncommon for guest performers to join the group on stage for extended jams.
Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Adar, is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. She formed her band, "Adar", in the summer of 2016, and has since gathered an enthusiastic following with her compelling original songs and her charismatic performances. "Adar" draws from a deep well of original compositions, and introduces new takes on covers that transcend genres from Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock, and more. She released her first EP, The Rapids, in March, 2017. It is available on iTunes, Google Music, and Spotify.
Reviewing The Rapids, Nick Rubin of the C-Ville Weekly, wrote, "On The Rapids, classic soul sonics give way to balladry as well as touches of reggae and Cubanismo. Her band delivers tasty trumpet and organ solos and whining steel guitar; Adar’s lyrics are sensorily rich with flavors and textures, and...production sets everything in the right space.”
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