Southern Spirit Amplified
Crickets in the grass on a summer day in the South pulse with an electric hum. Velvet Truckstop greets the spirit found in the kiss of the Southern summer breeze through their music.
Since 2008, Asheville-based Velvet Truckstop have been touring the nation and performing with southern goodwill. Fronted by Jamie Dose, playing guitar, mandolin and singing, the group resonates with the upfront sounds of Southern rock 'n' roll. Jerry McNeely plays the bass for the group, along with Dorsey Parker at guitar, Chris Coomes with drums, and Brad Curtioff at the piano, electric piano and organ.
"It's a mixture of country, rock 'n' roll and full-tilt jam ... It's definitely a sound of our own," Dose said.
Velvet Truckstop released their second album, Sweet Release, last September, and they are planning on getting back in the studio.
"There is talk of possibly working with Johnny Sandlin, who did most of the Allman Brothers albums and the first three Wide Spread Panic albums," Dose said. "We are hoping that we can start on that project as soon as possible."
Given the territory for the sound that the band emulates in some ways and refines in others, the needed level of talent to succeed is substantial. With many artists having walked before Velvet Truckstop and left markers for their guides, the group pulls from the greats like the Allmans and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
"It's kind of a responsibility ... to nurture and hone exactly how we go about our sound and the energy that the music does create," Dose said about the mentality the band takes when performing its music.
"All of us have spent our whole lives playing in different bands," he said. "Our bass player (McNeely) has traveled the world with bluegrass, and our keyboardist is a school of music graduate and scholar here in Asheville. Dorsey and I have spent probably the last 12 years playing music and traveling around the United States."
Velvet Truckstop attended and played at the South By Southwest gathering in Austin, Texas, and were invited back for the next year. At the time of the interview, the band was leaving Austin and had a straight drive 1,127 miles to return to the East Coast.
When asked what his favorite venue, Dose responded, "The audience. You can play a coffeehouse, and if you have the right kind of people who are appreciating what you're doing, you could be on the street corner and it'd be a great time."
Velvet Truckstop will be performing at Murphy's Restaurant & Pub, located at 747 W. King St. in Boone, on Saturday, March 27, starting at 10 p.m. Call (828)-264-5117 for ticket information.