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Dec 2012

Band Of The Week: The ‘Mericans

the ‘Mericans are no stranger to a Narragansett Beer stage. Playing our Neighbor Days Block Party and Anniversary Party in the past, they always put on a stellar performance. The crowd especially loves their Hank Williams cover of “I’m so lonesome, I could cry.” So we’re proud to have them once again rock our 122nd Anniversary Party at The Met in Pawtucket on Friday, December 28. So don’t miss them and get your tickets online now by clicking here. And stream their full album, So Late It Hurts, now here on Bandcamp.

BIO: the ‘Mericans are an Experimental Americana Roots Folk Rock band from Rhode Island led by former Purple Ivy Shadows singer & guitarist Chris Daltry who has been called a “visionary founding father of the rootsy rockers” by the Providence Phoenix. The group has released two full length records called ‘Merican Recordings (2006), and Where All Dead Leaves Go (2007) that have 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 named “Best Act” in the
2009 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll and are
currently recording their 3rd full-length album and
are exploring options for labels to release it . . .

the group has also the honor of being voted “Best Roots Act” in the 2008 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll by their fans and their 2007 album Where All Dead Leaves Go was named as a Top Local Album release by the Phoenix and THE ‘MERICANS were also asked to contribute music to the soundtrack for the 2008 film “You Must Be This Tall : The Story of Rocky Point” which is about the long-defunct Rhode Island amusement park Rocky Point.

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 THE ‘MERICANS have performed live with with many diverse acts including Mark Olson of The Jayhawks, Lightning Bolt, Anders Parker of Varnaline, Death Vessel, Ida, The Figgs, Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott, Sleepyhead, New Radiant Storm King, Poem Rocket, KaiserCartel, Audrey Ryan, Deer Tick, Rich Gilbert (Frank Black and The Catholics) and Blackstone Valley Sinners 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.”

the band is currently recording a new album at press time, and have also just finished a track for an upcoming tribute to the great band Miracle Legion & their singer Mark Mulcahy featuring artists such as Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Thom Yorke of Radiohead and J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Juliana Hatfield as well as Josh Rouse, Elf Power, Syd Straw, Ted Leo, AC Newman of the New Pornographers, Frank Black of the Pixies, Elvis Perkins, Ween, Mercury Rev, Hayden and many other artists. This benefit tribute compilation is to come out at some point in 2009.

in addition to their own records, THE ‘MERICANS appeared on compilations, including a Wishing Tree Records Amos House Benefit compilation along with Wilco, Elf Power, Wheat, the Aluminum Group, Azure Ray, Archer Prewitt, Her Space Holiday, Califone, Super Furry Animals and others. Another benefit record the ‘mericans have appeared on is a D.C. comp called “Wellspring: A Benefit for Bread for the City” which featured Bettie Serveert, Barbara Manning and The GoLuckys, Cinerama, Saturnine & others.

HONORS & AWARDS

2007 PROVIDENCE PHOENIX TOP LOCAL ALBUM LIST

the Providence Phoenix chose the band’s 2007 album “Where All Dead Leaves Go” as one of the year’s top local releases, saying “Chris Daltry and the band fuse their material with elements of intrigue in every nook of their stellar acoustic sound, the mark of true craftsmen. Like all great discs, Leaves leaves us wanting for more”

2008 PROVIDENCE PHOENIX BEST MUSIC POLL WINNERS

the group was nominated for & won the “Best Roots Act” category