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TRUTH & SALVAGE CO.
What the Press is Saying…
“Whether you’re looking for a helping hand, a boost of energy or a little companionship at night’s end, Truth & Salvage Co. has an album for you…Pick Me Up offers songs for those occasions and an even broader array of musical styles…[the album] creates its sounds from building blocks that include California country-rock, folk, gospel, even ’80s Southern college rock.”
–Brian Mansfield, USATODAY.COM, 7/17/13
“From Henderson, Tenn., by way of Southern California, this sextet serves up a rousing mix of roots rock and rollicking country. With top-shelf harmonies, a bunch of lead singers, slick pickers and two members who work out on keyboard instruments ranging from Wurlitzer and organ to accordion, the band sounds something like The Band at a mountain jam session. Its new album, Pick Me Up (Megaforce/Sony), is packed with excellent songs such as the big-fun ‘So Sad’ and ‘Middle Island Creek,’ the uplifting ‘All Stand Tall’ and a cool cover of Joe South’s ‘Games People Play.’”
–Jim Beal Jr., SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 7/25/13 (San Antonio, TX)
“The songs are upbeat and celebratory, with soaring harmonies and earnest performances. ‘Silver Lining’ sets the pace early, with pulse quickening rhythms and intricate guitar/keyboard interplay. ‘Island’ has a familiar Allman Brothers feel, with plaintive lyrics that can’t be denied. Their choice of Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ is not only a natural one, but the trade-offs on lead vocals kick the song up a notch. Also noted are the classic New Orleans vibe of ‘So Sad’ and the heartfelt sentimentality of ‘Appalachian Hilltop.’”
–Eric Harabadian, MUSIC CONNECTION, July 2013
“…the music is solidly Americana rock and roll, nor is the band afraid to crank up the gospel knob on a cover of Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’.”
–Chris Gray, HOUSTON PRESS, 8/2/13 (Houston, TX)
“After three years of songwriting and fine-tuning their craft, they emerged with a distinct sound that’s still flooded with flowing harmonies…”
–Alex Faubel, 303 MAGAZINE, 8/5/13 (Denver, CO)
“…a feast of great songs.”
–Randy Harward, CITYWEEKLY.NET, 8/8/13 (Salt Lake City, UT)
“The diversity achieved with six brains working on songs makes it hard to fit Truth and Salvage Co. into any sort of box or genre.”
–Jackie Varriano, EUGENE REGISTER GUARD, 8/9/13 (Eugene, OR)
“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.”– David Fricke, ROLLING STONE, June 24, 2010.
“Top 10 Band To Watch this summer.” – USA TODAY
“Four Stars – LA six-piece deliver stirring debut.” – UNCUT
“Don’t bank on Truth & Salvage Co. to remain an unknown quantity for long.” –Lee Zimmerman, BLURT, May 26, 2010.
“It’s been awhile since a new album has been so synchronized with my current state of being. My brain is fried, I need to be refreshed. It’s been a long winter and I need Vitamin D badly. Luckily I can finally take the roof off my ‘78 International Scout and log some highway time with such a welcoming soundtrack.” – Jay Sweet, PASTE, May 26, 2010
“I’ve been listening a ton. It’s a terrific album.” – CMT
“They sound as if they were each cut from one piece of cloth, the pair of scissors never stopping to pause, just snipping out the profile and adding all of the flare and trimmings as they go.” – Sean Moeller, DAYTROTTER.COM, December 9, 2009
“4 1/2 STARS — Truth and Salvage is an explosion of Americana and sweaty Rock-n-Roll that comes off more like a greatest hits album than a debut… set to become an instant classic.” – Jason Rooks, GLIDE MAGAZINE.COM, May 17, 2010
“Loved this show. Let me rephrase that, I FUCKING LOVED the show. They SHOULD be huge!” – RELIX
“I’d like to say that Truth & Salvage Co. is an up-and-coming band about to take the music world by storm, but by the sound of it they’re here and they brought a typhoon!” – Jamie Beebe, CWG MAGAZINE.COM, March 2, 2010
“The sincerity of their songwriting and their passionate performance were the things that attracted me to the project.” – Chris Robinson, THE BLACK CROWES
“…debut with 12 gorgeous pieces of music–solid, enjoyable tracks. The chemistry among four singer-songwriters is natural and quite variant–no two songs sound alike. This talented group seems unlikely to fall into a rut with so many capable musicians….Produced by Chris Robinson, this is an album to get excited about. Truth & Salvage Co. is a group of varying styles, yet all-cohesive and all-strong in talent and execution. They are reminiscent in makeup and approach to The Band. From heaven, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko smile down.” —Bob Linfors, HITTIN’ THE NOTE
“With the recent release of a strong self-titled debut album produced by the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, Los Angeles’ Truth & Salvage Co. paved its sonic highway the old-fashioned way: four of the six members are quality songwriters…Originally hailing from North Carolina and Indiana, the band members found themselves in L.A. playing freeform gigs in ad hoc groups and venues…The group mixes equal parts Americana, country, folk and bluegrass, as well as The Band- and CSNY-like four-part harmonies.” – Relix, August 2010
“They have multiple songwriters pumping out fresh goods in a classic genre.”– Linda East Brady, STANDARD EXAMINER, September 2, 2010
“Upbeat and infectious at practically every turn, it brings to mind the strains of classic country rock once borne by the likes of Poco, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and their like-minded Southern California brethren…. With a sound that’s both rustic and rollicking, it strikes a marked contrast to the low lit, downtrodden approach purveyed by many of their contemporaries these days.” — Lee Zimmerman, BLURT, September 1, 2010
“…sunny, harmony-happy roots-rock band that combines California cool with Southern-rock swagger.” —Ben Salmon, BEND BULLETIN, September 17, 2010
“…this scintillating six-piece is a freight train ride down the Route 66 of American music, boasting a core membership of four singer/songwriters bouncing off each other…” — Aaron Davis, SACRAMENTO PRESS, September 22, 2010
“…offers up amazing vocal harmonies, and well-structured alt-folk and rock tunes.”—Wendy Kale, COLORADO DAILY, October 12, 2010.
“…harmonies and down home musicianship and sincerity…they’re always a fun listen and boast tight songwriting and musicianship.” – Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS, October 15, 2010.
“Truth & Salvage Co. get folky the classic-rock way, with sturdy, clean guitar lines, crafted arrangements and stadium-sized four-part harmonies. Not unlike their sonic brethren the Black Crowes (Chris Robinson produced their debut album, released in May), the L.A.-based sextet [previewed last year] channels the flannel-shirted anthems of the ’70s through the muscle of the ’90s; singers Scott Kinnebrew, Tim Jones, Bill “Smitty” Smith and Walker Young sound ready to go toe-to-toe with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or Poco. For its part, “Pure Mountain Angel” is like one of those road songs made for two-lane highways.” – Kevin Bronson, BUZZBANDS.LA, November 22, 2010
“…sheer creative bliss appears to be in a collective groove that very few bands of this particular structure can pull off. Hold on to your emotional knickers while watching this video for ‘Pure Mountain Angel,’ and let them take you on a tour through the roots of American music.”—Aaron Davis, SACRAMENTO PRESS, December 2, 2010
“Originally from North Carolina and now based out of LA, you can hear both locales in these songs—‘70s canyon-folk harmonies couple-skate with southern-rock melodies, all threaded with deft, intuitive playing on one first-rate song after another.” — Steve Leftridge, POPMATTERS.COM, December 16, 2010
“Easily my favorite album of original material released in 2010, Truth & Salvage Co. touches places in ones heart, mind and soul that few bands could ever reach. Though the group wears many influences on their collective sleeves, the stellar musicianship alone makes this a record that should be in everyone’s collection. Factor in the extraordinary songs, written by in four unique voices, and the end result is a collection of some of the best driving tunes around. If you have yet to experience Truth & Salvage Co., forget any preconceived notations, and give the album a chance. You’ll be delighted you did.”–Fred Adams, HONESTTUNE.COM, December 26, 2010
“After catching their songs at the Stagecoach Festival, the self-titled release from this six-piece band became my favorite album over the summer because of the sunny melodies, laid-back vibe and devil-may-care lyrics. (Opening line: “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here with their heads full of reefer and their bellies full of beer.”) Without a designated lead singer, I imagine it’s like a top-notch guitar pull from the Outlaw days. Key tracks: “Call Back,” “Welcome to L.A.” — Craig Shelburne, CMT.COM, January 3, 2010
“…infectious four-part harmonies and honest approach toward vintage mountain rock and timeless Americana song craft…The album reveals the band’s instinctive collaborative grace…soaring melodies.”—Jedd Ferris, THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES, January 7, 2011
“…they’ve carried their rustic roots to new pop heights with the release of their self-titled debut. Produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Truth and Salvage Co.’s debut embraces a psychedelic country sound that finds the tangible balance between a summery, West Coast headspace and a defining Appalachian accent.” Gary Howie, CREATIVE LOAFING, January 26, 2010
“…the best rock and country mix since early Eagles…The six musicians of Truth & Salvage Co. boast four lead singer/songwriters, each with a unique story to tell and voice to be heard. Together, they rise up from one common seed, and something bigger is made. Originally hailing from Atlanta, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Tupelo and various cities throughout Ohio, each member has roots in a different past. It’s from these diverse origins that a Company of brothers has formed, ultimately connected by the shared bond we now know as Truth & Salvage. The result is genuine American Rock ‘N’ roll with a timeless sound and interwoven lyrical storytelling.” Carla Whitley, EXAMINER.COM (Birimingham, AL), January 27, 2011
“…four singer-songwriters belt out harmonies that make you appreciate the voice as an instrument, something easy to forget in the era of Auto-Tune and lo-fi whisperers. The members of the Los Angeles-based band come mostly from Asheville, N.C., and their Americana sound is an amalgamation of both coasts: southern alt-country with L.A. flair, especially on the radio-friendly single “Call Back.” The strength of the album is in its simplicity: stripped-down rock played by guys who have known one another for a while and who sing about, quite simply, fun but have the musical chops to make it more than cliche.
This is no music for the melancholy. “Welcome to L.A.” is an ode to the city and sounds like what we would get if Jimmy Buffett sang lead in the Marshall Tucker Band. Songs such as “Them Jeans” and “She Really Does It for Me” follow in a similar vein.” – Benjamin Opipari, WASHINGTON POST, January 14, 2011
“…[their album was]…one of the year’s best, debut or otherwise….And live? The L.A. (via the Heartland and the South) group has taken the essence and organic rhythm of The Band, and twisted it with a bit of four-part CSNY harmony, maintaining all the while a loose, Memphis rock flavor.”—Rob Nichols, NUVO NEWS WEEKLY (IN), February 14, 2011