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, will weave through the southern U.S., move across the country through the Northwest and down the West Coast with a stop in Los Angeles August 24, and wrap 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)
“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, NC, that 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 of The Black Crowes, who produced their first album. They released their debut in 2010, which was a noteworthy year for TRUTH & 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 his Rolling 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.’”