Wilmington NC, September 29, 2012: Local duo “Upstarts and Rogues” announce the release of their cd “Twain Shall Meet” and a series of local cd release events.
Rich and mellow is a great combination for many music lovers and “Twain Shall Meet,” the freshman studio effort of cello-guitar duo “Upstarts & Rogues” delivers it with style, originality and no shortage of dynamism. With Jeff Sanchez on guitar, Jude Eden on cello and combining their buttery voices, they describe their folk-blues mixture as “like wine and chocolate.” Jude’s lush vocal timbre, reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto, infuses blues throughout while Jeff’s guitar fingering and heady strumming round out a plush sound complemented by flourishes of cello.
The two musicians got to know each other in 2008 when they were part of another local band. Jeff has been an active musician for more than twenty years and has produced four previous cd projects, both locally and in New Jersey. Jude started out as a classical cellist over twenty years ago and has been writing original compositions, rhyme and song for the last ten. She composed the melodies and lyrics to the songs she sings, while Jeff fleshed out many of the musical arrangements and supervised the mixing.
The songs run the gamut in their emotional content from love and conflict to exploration and life’s sometimes comic twists. There is the cathartic “Rebuttal in Blue” declaring, “We can pretend you won’t do it again/ but we both know that’s a lie,” and the give and take of relationships in “Thought We Had a Deal.” “She’s Not in the Band,” co-written by Jeff Sanchez and Tucker Hill, is a truly original musical accomplishment, bearing repeated listening.
“The Roads” is an inquiry into the paths we choose and “Jude’s Blues” is a tome on the love of solitude. “Micha’s Song,” which Jude wrote about a close friendship affectionately suggests, “If everyone had a little bit of what we have/There would be no war, there would be no strife.” U&R throw in a bit of sass with “Bang-Bang” and humor with “Country Song,” their cheeky cover of “Makin Whoopee,” and their spoken-word version of the Phish classic, “Fee.”
The range of musical artists from which Upstarts & Rogues take inspiration are infused into their live sets, with covers of artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, The Moody Blues, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac. Upstarts & Rogues are doing a series of CD release shows starting September 29th at Projekte Gallery & Lounge. “Twain Shall Meet” will be available on cdbaby.com, and http://www.reverbnation.com/upstartsandrogues.
September 29th 7pm: Projekte Gallery & Lounge September 30th 11:30am: Brunch at Korner Stone Bistro September 30th 4pm: Old Books on Front Street October 7th 1pm: Art in the Arboretum October 19th 8pm: Ted’s Fun on the River October 27th 9pm: Bottega Wine & Art
Upstarts & Rogues are releasing their first record: Twain Shall Meet! Blending the sweet and mellow sounds of cello and guitar mixed with beautifully harmonized voices, Jude Eden & Jeff Sanchez have created a unique musical blend that folk and blues lovers will really enjoy.
Twain Shall Meet is about those things we hold in common. Jeff & Jude are opposites, but music is the bridge. During this time of political chaos this election season, the release of Twain Shall Meet is a timely reminder that it's our commonalities that bring us together despite all our differences.