GravelRoad’s 2014 album El Scuerpo received 8 out of 10 stars from Classic Rock Magazine
“It’s a little like what John Lee Hooker may have sounded like in Black Sabbath. And who wouldn’t want to hear that?”
Patrick Wells, Classic Rock Magazine
Press received for GravelRoad’s July 2013 release ‘The Bloody Scalp of Burt Merlin’
…”torn-and-frayed moments like Cocaine Baby are winningly chaotic, evoking sunburnt arms, clutching joints, hanging out of pickups, pointed south.”
Classic Rock Magazine – July 2013
“Nothing is easy on this album. Nothing is safe. It’s a full bore explosion of a statement. The band even departs from the hip-shake beat that, I feel, locked them into the Mississippi form. I’ve always been impressed with how drummer Martin Reinsel locks down the groove of their sets live. Here, he takes the role of a hard driving trucker, moving beyond that hip shake kick… slamming the band into heavy rock territory with the RPMS climbing on ‘Med Pass,’ then slipping it back down with ‘Bottom of the World’.”
GravelRoad appears on the soundtrack for the January, 2013 movie Baytown Outlaws, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria The film follows the Oodie brothers-Brick, Lincoln and McQueen-who act as vigilante killers for the local sheriff. When the trio accept a job to rescue a young boy from his godfather, plans quickly fall apart as the brothers aim to deliver the boy to safety while pursued by groups of assassins.
Press for GravelRoad’s 2012 7 inch vinyl release ‘Pedernales’
GravelRoad, Pedernales (out now, Knick Knack Records, gravelroadblues.com): “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” is the season’s first solid drinking song (you’ll need a whole pitcher). “Monkey With a Wig,” the front side of this single, is sophisticated bar-band blues at its most riffalicious.
Press received for GravelRoad’s 2012 release ‘Psychedelta’
“Since the release of their last album (2008’s Shot The Devil), this Seattle band has toured and recorded two albums with primal Mississippi blues artist T-Model Ford. Some of his raw energy might’ve rubbed off on them because they’re now back with their third and strongest album to date, a hard-driving set of raw, gritty blues-rock steeped in Mississippi hill country blues, featuring a variety of rocked-up deep, primal blues songs combining rumbling electric guitar riffs and some sweet slide along with hypnotic rhythms and husky vocals.”
“imagine a sound that combines the Texas grease and grit of Fandango! -era ZZ Top; the swamp hoodoo of Creedence at their trippiest; the ass-pocketful-of-whiskey-and-headful-of-something-else sway of Jon Spencer; and the wump of John Lee Hooker’s stomping left foot.”
“Psychedelta is a proper album. Consistent, addictive, hypnotic.”
“If The Black Keys are the acceptable, mainstream face of blues, these guys deserve their time in the sun…Delta blues influences to one side, “Caves” is the most overtly trippy song, a meandering and searing gaze into Owsley’s laboratory that floats along. “Leave Her Alone” locks into a groove and cuts out just as it threatens to go other places. “Let Me Hold You” is a restrained closer, its vocal way in the background…There’s a certain audience “Psychedelta” will appeal to. It’s probably not the Black Keys listeners who think they started last week. Gravelroad eschews the melodic trimmings. This is music to be absorbed late at night, not passed off with a cursory listen.”
“Say what you will about whiteboys and the blues, the bass tone that starts “Nobody Get Me Down” is unfuckwithable. And Seattle trio GravelRoad come by it pretty honestly, having served for years as the backing back for bluesman T-Model Ford.”