Silver Arrow Records
The rare collection of songwriters in Truth And Salvage Company originates from Atlanta, New Orleans, Tupelo and Ohio, met in Asheville, North Carolina, and moved to California to further an indelible musical journey. The band’s debut, self-titled album, produced by The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, hits the streets on May 25.
The Black Crowes signed Truth and Salvage as the first band to their Silver Arrow record label. This collection of musicians has come a long way since their humble days in the hills of North Carolina. Members of Truth and Salvage include Scott Kinnebrew (vocals/guitars), Tim Jones (vocals/guitars), Bill “Smitty” Smith (vocals/drums), Walker Young (vocals/keys), Joe Edel (bass) and Adam Grace (keys).
This debut album itself was recorded at Stagg Street Studio, Kingsize studio and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Robinson produced the album and his longtime sidekick Paul Stacey co-produced. “Hail Hail” opens the disc—a sweeping anthem projecting all the group’s sun-washed musical glory. “Call Back” follows in an acoustic piano-guitar driven tune that indicates the group’s textbook, muscular song craft.
“Welcome To L.A.” really reflects how the desert, cactus landscapes and California influenced these southern musicians. This country-twanged tune serves as an absolute gem. Keyboardist Adam Grace spoke about this album’s recording session: “The whole time, I felt extremely lucky to have Chris Robinson laying little bits of advice on you. The lessons Chris taught us were something we learned over a period of time. I’m glad the record was made the way we did it. If we would have rushed it we wouldn’t have been able to absorb as much info Chris had to offer. He’s an amazing musician. He’s very smart and he’s been doing this a long time.”
The album’s “Heart Like A Wheel” contains a soulful carnival of sound—another centerpiece tune. “See Her” exudes a mercurial tone that streamlines one cohesive sonic quality…an outstanding number. “Old Piano” stands as another timeless Truth And Salvage classic. This song transcends time and any geographic boundary by a confluence of lyrics and economic instrumentation. This song alone pays for the CD. “101” exists as another well-constructed song operating like a catchy time-released tune that you hear something new with each listen.
“She Really Does It For Me” calls to mind Doug Sahm at the apex of his career. Each of these songs weave word grams and vivid melodies that exhibits vast musical versatility. Truth And Salvage Company is no one-trick pony. “Rise Up”, a whiskey-laced rocker, proves the band’s ability to flex a hard-edge, and Kinnebrew and Jones’ amazing right-left hand guitar playing chemistry shines. “Brothers, Sons & Daughters” counts as a sad-hearted redemption song. The Crowes’ Luther Dickinson provided his six-string expertise on the album’s last track, “Pure Mountain Angel”, which closes a glorious first chapter in the band’s discography.
Seek out the truth…And salvage the music…