Band Of The Week: The ‘Mericans
the ‘Mericans are an Experimental Roots Rock Band from Rhode Island led by Chris Daltry (formerly of Purple Ivy Shadows) who has been called a “visionary founding father of the rootsy rockers” by the Providence Phoenix. The group has released two full length records (‘Merican Recordings in 2006), and Where All Dead Leaves Go in 2007) that were met with critical praise : “Where All Dead Leaves Go is one magical listen and one of the year’s best discs” with the band’s “southern-fried roots shine across warm with tremolo, hooks, and harmonies akin to retro gems from bands like Galaxie 500″ and “It’s quiet music you want to crank”
the ‘Mericans were voted “Best Roots Act” in the 2008 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll and “Best Act” in the 2009 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their 3rd full-length album.
Fans and critics have compared the sound of the ‘Mericans to groups like The Feelies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Television, Wilco, the Jayhawks, the Byrds, Pernice Brothers, Son Volt, the Rolling Stones, and have performed live with with many diverse acts including Frank Black (Pixies), Mark Olson (The Jayhawks), Lightning Bolt, Anders Parker of Varnaline, Death Vessel, Ida, The Figgs and many others. the ‘Mericans have also appeared at several large festivals including Terrastock 6, Providence IndieArts Fest, Foo Fest, Liberty Fest & the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale, which the Phoenix describes as speaking “volumes to the band’s accessible sound.”