Oct. 12 / Charleston Music Hall
Campbell Brown - Guitar, Vocals
Whitt Algar - Keyboards
Ben Kinser - Bass
Stratton Moore - Drums
Noelle Pietras - Vocals
Dan Wright - Guitars
“Gaslight Street have crafted a signature sound that is equal parts honey and moonshine, with Brown the catalyst for the soul-infused swagger,” remarks Jamie Lee of Honest Tune and Hittin’ the Note magazines. “Idle Speed could’ve been the swan song for Gaslight Street. But the spark remains. The band is stoking it, and rightfully so.”
Brown is joined in Gaslight by bassist Ben Kinser, the New Orleans-bred half of a rhythm section rounded out by Stratton Moore's impeccable timing on drums. Another new addition in 2011, organist Whitt Algar is a rising star in his own right, equally adept at holding a keys groove and taking off on a staggering solo. Rounding out the quintet is another fresh member, singer Noelle Pietras, whose country-tinged harmonies add roundness and familiarity to Brown’s poignant lyrics.
Idle Speed starkly reminds us of music's ability to take the most desolate of human emotions and give them shine. Not that it's a sad album. Rather, it's a career defining body of songs from a man coming to terms with a crumbling family life, heard in the opening strains of “Fast and Slow,” a late night, solo home recording by Brown. It's fittingly followed by "Vicksburg," a Civil War tale of a man reluctantly forced into a bitter battled, destined for defeat, featuring Cary Ann Hearst on harmony vocals.
With a driving, gritty Southern backbeat, Campbell Brown's heart wrenching, soulful vocals lift the analog tape-recording album into an optimistic backwoods boogie. The title track “Idle Speed” and “Black As Coal” (both of which are featured in a spring 2012 episode of the popular fishing television show
GillzNFinz) keep the wheels rolling fast, before the album’s closer and second
single, “April Mournin’.”
After five years of touring the Southeast and recording, Gaslight Street is quickly making strides. Their fall tour includes a notable stop at the Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida, performing alongside musicians that have influenced their sound, including The Funky Meters and Galactic. “Constantly Running” (from Blue Skies) and “April Mournin’” continue to enjoy local airplay on Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge, and Campbell Brown and Whitt Algar were both nominated in the 2011 Charleston Music Award’s for “Best Male Singer” and “Best Keyboardist,” respectively.
Not content to let their creative impulses lie dormant, Gaslight Street is already back in the studio this winter recording freshly minted live tracks like “Rosalee” and “Bad Mood.”
Give Idle Speed a spin and relax with the easy-going, uplifting vibe of an intelligently crafted rock band; drunk on music history and high on artistic imagination.
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