Thirty Spokes / The Jeff Ellis Band / Dead Leaves
Thirty Spokes is a roots rock band based in Louisville, KY. Formed in 2008, they are a hard working outfit that isn’t afraid of a long drive or late nights. Fans have enjoyed the energetic, live atmosphere of the band in regional venues throughout the midwest and southeast. The stage seems to be where they flourish by combining different sounds and genres to create their original musical experience. They capture the soul of the audience and create an energetic atmosphere. The band gigs constantly and when they aren’t on stage, chances are you will find them in the studio. Thirty Spokes truly digs what they do, are in it for the right reasons, and have a bright future ahead.
Jeff Ellis is a Folk Rock/Americana singer-songwriter from Huntington, West Virginia. Jeff released his first solo album (The Enemy) just before his Army Reserve unit was called to the Middle East in July of 2005. He returned from Kuwait and Iraq 18 months later with a supply of four-track recordings and journal entries, which he turned into his second solo album, A Front Seat for the End of the World. Since then, Ellis has performed on West Virginia's Mountain Stage, been a featured artist on National Public Radio, and most recently, was one of five co-winners in the 2008 Newsong international songwriting contest. Ellis' third solo release, Covering the Distance, was released in October of 2008.
Dead Leaves’ debut record features a lineup of top notch Nashville musicians who all surpass the label of “backup player.” When listening to the album, you clearly hear a band rather than a group of hired guns. Wes Langlois effortlessly mingles his guitar parts with Travis’ in a way that gives Dead Leaves the depth of a band years deep into its career. Bassist David Kirkpatrick and drummer Joe Giotta maintain a solid rhythmic foundation for the band and Annie Neeley rounds out the sound with resplendent backing vocals. Dead Leaves is not background music. The songs engage the listener with intricate arrangements, layered vocal harmonies and memorable melodies.