Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Evening Post by Walker Young

Appalachian Hilltop Family Reunion -

In one week Truth & Salvage Co. will be hosting their very own Appalachian Hilltop Family Reunion Festival in Bill "Smitty" Smith's hometown of Wellston, OH.

I am super stoked about this festival. This will be an annual festival held the weekend of July 4th and this year marks the first annual. This year, the festival is on Saturday, July 6 beginning at 1:00 pm and going into the late afternoon. It hosts six bands with Truth & Salvage Co. wrapping up the festivities around 9:30 pm. The event is geared to local families and the ticket price of $5 makes it very affordable fun. Check out the details on Facebook here. 

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Golden Rockets Marching Band Boosters, who raise money to fund the high school marching band. This is a great cause and one close to Smitty's heart since he was a member of many marching bands through his music career. We are happy to work with the boosters to keep music in the schools and have "working" instruments. 

Wellston is a town which was built on coal and has a beautiful Main St. It is surrounded by lush rolling hills and cool mountain water. Smitty wrote the first single off our new record "Appalachian Hilltop" after his hometown and has named the festival after the song. We hope you will come join us in southern Ohio on July 6 to celebrate the freedom of our country, family, friends, and hometowns. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

June 13, 2013 - Blue Moon Saloon - Lafayette, LA


0: Pick Me Up
Welcome to L.A.
Bird on the Wing >>
Heart Like a Wheel
Call Back
Middle Island Creek
Cowboy Song >>
Bad Times >>
Silver Lining
Rise Up
Out on the Weekend >>
I Shall Be Released >>
Out on the Weekend >>
She Really Does It For Me >>
See Her >>
Far Away
Touch of Grey
Appalachian Hilltop
Hail Hail

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


TRUTH & SALVAGE CO. will hit the road for five weeks beginning July 23, the very same day their new album PICK ME UP(Megaforce/Sony RED)--a stirring blend of rock and Americana--hits stores.  The trek will kick off in their adopted hometown of Nashville and will weave through the southern U.S., across the country through the northwest with a stop in Los AngelesAugust 24 before wrapping September 1 in Little Rock, AR.  Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, June 14. Meanwhile, the album’s first single “Appalachian Hilltop” officially arrived at radio stations nationwide today (6/11).

The band--Scott Kinnebrew (guitars/lap steel/mandolin/vocals), Tim Jones (guitars/vocals), Walker Young(piano/organ/accordion/vocals), Adam Grace (organ/piano/Wurlitzer/additional background vocals) Bill “Smitty” Smith(drums/percussion/vocals), and Dean Moore (bass/ additional background vocals)--toured very heavily in support of their 2010 debut album, including runs with The Black Crowes and the Avett Brothers.  Of a 2011 Colorado show, the Denver Post said, “Truth and Savage Co. is about as tight as any professional band out there…The four-part vocal harmonies on nearly every song sounded flawless...(2/28/11).”

“We’re itching to get back out on the road again,” says Smitty. “But these new songs were road-tested before we recorded the album--we wrote them out on the road--so we know the material well and feel like we’re going to be in fighting shape the first night out.”

Their second album PICK ME UP (Megaforce/Sony RED) is a work that powerfully builds on their acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut album. Distinguished by their four lead vocalists and five songwriters, plus soaring four-part harmonies and a strong guitar-keyboard meld, the band co-produced the album this time around with Jon Ashley, while longtime band cohort Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) handled the mix. It is a joyous tour de force recorded at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NCthat features 12 original tracks and a cover of Joe South’s Grammy-winning 1968 hit “Games People Play.”  Opening with the plaintive “The Bad Times,” the album shifts into high gear with “Silver Lining” and keeps the highlights coming with such songs as “Appalachian Hilltop,” “Bird On The Wing,” “I’m Not Your Boyfriend,” the title track and the rollicking“So Sad.”

TRUTH & SALVAGE Co.’s multiple lead singers and songwriters gained them a legion of fans, including Chris Robinson ofThe Black Crowes, who produced their first album.  They released their debut in 2010, which was a noteworthy year forTRUTH & SALVAGE CO.: “More Than 103,000 Miles…Crossed Mississippi River 21 Times…732 Hotel Rooms…and 312 shows,” to quote the words that appear onscreen at the outset of the band’s video for their signature live-show-closer,“Pure Mountain Angel,” a song the group performed on their national television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In hisRolling Stone review of the debut, David Fricke called it “…everything you need for a classic-rock party: muscular treble guitar, Hammond organ and four singer-songwriters harmonizing…(6/24/10)”

TRUTH & SALVAGE CO. were cited as a “Top 10 Band To Watch This Summer” (2010) by USA Today and Rolling Stone’s Fricke added, “This sly California sextet draw on irresistible history (Buffalo Springfield, the Band) to spell out the modern trials of peace and love…Truth and Salvage Co. have what it takes for a long haul, in the country-R.E.M. breeze of ‘101’ and saloon glow of ‘She Really Does It For Me.’”

DATE                          CITY                                        VENUE
Thu      6/13                 Lafayette, LA                           Blue Moon Saloon
Thu      7/4                   Indianapolis, IN                       Fountain Square Music Festival

Appalachian Hilltop Family Reunion (benefit show for Wellston HS Marching Band)
Sat       7/6                   Wellston, OH                            Jackson County Fairgrounds
Tue      7/23                 Nashville, TN                            Exit/In
Thu      7/25                 Atlanta, GA                              Smith’s Olde Bar
Fri        7/26                 Birmingham, AL                       The Nick
Sat       7/27                 Jackson, MS                            Hal and Mals
Sun      7/28                 Mobile, LA                              Alabama Music Box
Wed     7/31                 San Antonio, TX                     Sam’s Burger Joint
Thu      8/1                   Austin, TX                               Stubbs BBQ (indoors)
Fri        8/2                   Houston, TX                           Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
Sat       8/3                   Dallas, TX                              The Prophet Bar
Tue      8/6                   Santa Fe, NM                         SOL Santa Fe
Thu      8/8                   Aspen, CO                              Belly Up Aspen
Fri        8/9                   Denver, CO                            Larimer Lounge
Sun      8/11                 Salt Lake City, UT                  The State Room
Mon     8/12                 Boise, ID                                Neurolux
Thu      8/15                 Eugene, OR                            W.O.W. Hall
Fri        8/16                 Portland, OR                          White Eagle
Sat       8/17                 Seattle, WA                            Sunset Tavern
Sun      8/18                 Bellingham, WA                      The Shakedown
Wed     8/21                 Sacramento, CA                     Marilyn’s On K
Thu      8/22                 Mill Valley, CA                       Sweetwater Music Hall
Fri        8/23                 San Francisco, CA                 CafĂ© du Nord
Sat       8/24                 West Hollywood, CA             Troubadour
Sun      8/25                 San Diego, CA                       The Griffin
Tue      8/27                 Tucson, AZ                             Club Congress
Thu      8/29                 Flagstaff, AZ                           The Green Room
Sun      9/1                   Little Rock, AR                       Juanita’s

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Evening Post by Tim Jones

My friend Mike Farmer suddenly got a gig booking acts at this new marina bar on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville called Piranha's

He asked me if I could play 4 hours worth of covers. It's a daunting task for anybody I'd say, but I scrounged my brain and put together a monster list of songs I kind of know. I like to say I can play half of every song. Not necessarily the good half...

Well here's what I ended up coming up with. I threw some TSCo. songs in for good measure and even some from The Chevy Downs Band, a country outfit I had in Bloomington/Indianapolis. Here's a feature "hit" from each of the 4 50-minute set lists.
Set 1
Family Tradition-Hank Williams Jr.
Can’t Hardly Wait-The Replacements
Silver Wings-Merle Haggard
The Man In Me-Bob Dylan
Oh Lonesome Me-Neil Young
Into the Mystic-Van Morrison
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow-The Shirlles/Carole King
Heart Like a Wheel-TSCo.
Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding
Time is on My Side-Irma Thomas/Rolling Stones
You’re in My Heart-Rod Stewart
That’s Alright Mama/One Night-Elvis Presley
Ol’ 55-Tom Waits/The Eagles

Set 2
Jesus, Heal My Hangover-Chevy Downs
Under the Boardwalk-The Drifters
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain- Willie Nelson
Just Like Tom’s Thumb Blues-Bob Dylan
Hail Hail-TSCO
Sweet Virgina-The Rolling Stones
Roll Another Number for the Road- Neil Young
Bartender’s Blues-George Jones/James Taylor
Them Jeans-TSCO
Save the Last Dance for me-The Drifters
Life’s Little Ups and Downs-Charlie Rich
I Can’t Be Myself When I’m With You- Merle Haggard
All coming back-Tim Jones + Zach Broocke
Don’t Let me Down-The Beatles
Set 3
Out on the weekend/ I Shall Be Released-Neil Young/Bob Dylan & the Band
Back In Your love-TSCO
Pick Up My Pieces- Willie Nelson
You Ain’t Goin Nowhere-Bob Dylan
Whisky Cards and Women-Chevy Downs
Overboard/Tracks of My Tears/I’m Your Puppet-Tim Jones/Smokey Robinson/Spooner Oldham/Dan Penn
You make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman-Carole King/Aretha
Crying-Roy Orbison
The News-Old Pike
Lost Highway- Hank Williams
Tennessee Blues -Bobby Charles
Everyone Needs a Hand to Hold On To- John Cougar Mellencamp
Games People Play-Joe South

Set 4
Country Time-Chevy Downs
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me-Merle Haggard
The Weight- The Band
Ooh La La- The Faces
Against the Wind-Bob Seger
I’m not your Boyfriend-TSCO
Old Piano-TSCO
Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan
And It Stoned Me- Van Morrison
Breakdown-Tom Petty
Some Guys Have All the Luck-Rod Stewart
Here Comes a Regular- The Replacements
You Ain’t Going Nowhere-Bob Dylan
Family Tradition- Hank Williams Jr. 

"Into the Mystic" is one that a ton of people play and Van gets flack for becoming the background music to many a yuppie's suburban dream, but the Celtic magician hits a deep place in my soul and this song always sounds right...especially near water.

"Bartender's Blues" in set 2 is amazing if for no other reason than the fact that James Taylor wrote it and George Jones made it famous. It is a perfectly written song and feels best when played at a small bar where all the bartenders can hear it and sympathize. Having had many a job in the service industry, it is the ultimate empathetic comfort and inspiration to move on at the same time.

"Tennessee Blues"
This is a newer favorite that I just started playing with my friend Foster Timms when he was last in town. It's odd because it's hard to tell if the writer, Bobby Charles, has the blues because of TN or because he misses TN. Certainly the beauty he describes -- "valleys and streams, birds in the trees, lakes that surround me" -- define what TN has been to me in the last year. Something that I think I'll always long for wherever I am.

"Here Comes A Regular"
If somebody asks you to come play covers at their bar, you just gotta throw this one in there. The small twists in the lyrics are incredible: "Everybody wants to be someone here / Everybody wants to be someone's here"

Paul Westerberg is hands down one of the greatest American songwriters that ever lived and I think an incredibly under-rated singer as well. You know he's been every where and every person and every line he sings about. It's real. Too damn real at times, but oh so good.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 1, 2013 - Surrey Tavern - Augusta, GA

1: Jump the Ship >>
Welcome to L.A.
I'm Not Your Boyfriend >>
Old Piano
Out on the Weekend >>
I Shall Be Released >>
Out on the Weekend
Call Back
Appalachian Hilltop >>
Games People Play

2: Bird on the Wing >>
Pick Me Up >>
Heart Like a Wheel
Hail Hail
She Really Does It For Me >>
See Her
Far Away >>
Rise Up
Touch of Grey
Middle Island Creek

E: Pure Mountain Angel*

* acoustic version

Sunday Evening Post

Photos from last week's Long Creek Music Festival by Martin Kratzer.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

May 31, 2013 - Midtown Bar & Grill - Charleston, SC

1: Bad Times/Silver Lining >>
Welcome to L.A. >>
Hail Hail
I'm Not Your Boyfriend
Games People Play >>
Call Back
Appalachain Hilltop
Cortez the Killer
Bird on the Wing
Back in Your Love
So Sad >>
She Really Does It For Me >>
See Her

2: All I Can Do Is Write About It
All Stand Tall
Sweet Virginia
Pick Me Up
Heart Like a Wheel
Touch of Grey
Out on the Weekend >>
I Shall Be Released >>
Out on the Weekend
Pure Mountain Angel
Them Jeans >>
Far Away>>
Rise Up