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Velvet Truckstop / Press

“SouthBound and Down was recorded with producer Johnny Sandlin (Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic) in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Of working with Sandlin, lead vocalist/guitarist/mandolin player Jamie Dose told Xpress,, “He shaped the band’s raw material. We went through the process. Sometimes your ego’s like, ‘That’s not how we pictured things,’ but when you end up with a finished product, which is what an album is, you can see how strong of an influence he was on what we were doing, and from here on.” The six-song record includes two Randall Bramblett tracks (“Water in the Well” and “Another Sweet Dream”), but the bulk of the songs were written by Dose and guitarist Dorsey Parker. While “Water” starts the album off right, with menacing guitars and Dose’s vocal just shy of a snarl, Velvet Truckstop’s originals hold their own. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” recalls the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band without being a throwback or a tribute. The guitar wo”

Ali Marshall - Mountain Xpress

“From the kitchen of Velvet Truckstop – Sweet Release recipe: 1.) In a mason jar, mix equal parts Drive-By-Truckers-style crunch, chamois shirt soul, Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, and vintage Band-ish blues. Don’t be afraid to play with the mix as the song requires, but make sure there’s always enough of it all in there so that the Velvet Truckstop flavor comes through. 2.) Add one big ol’ dollop of jam (just enough to let folks know that you ain’t scared of it – nossir). Note: the song always comes first, though. 3.) Top the rascal off right to the rim with clear, cold water from a creek in Black Mountain NC. (Accept no substitutes.) 4.) Invite some talented friends in to help stir things up, including pedal steel monster Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) and good ol’ Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead, of course) on keys. 5.) Let ‘er wail. Recipe notes: Sweet Release may be Velvet Truckstop’s debut album, but it sounds like the work of a band who’s comfortabl”

“ There comes a moment at every SXSW. Your feet hurt. You can’t bear to over hear one more name-dropping conversation or see one more person glued to their iPhone while a band is killing it a few feet away. You are tired of wading through the mess on 6th Street. You are just plain tired, only averaging about four hours of sleep a night. That’s when you need something to remind you why you’re here, and I couldn’t have asked for better medicine than Velvet Truckstop. Crammed into a sweaty Nuno’s, VT laid down rock and roll salvation of the highest order. With their lofty electric blues, driving southern rock jams and echoes of The Band and Wilco, they gave me, and several others, the will to dance down the last hours until closing time. Readers, you need to get acquainted with Velvet Truckstop. These cats are cut from some genuine cloth, the kind of band that pulls you through the rough times and sends you out into the night with a romping “Hallelujah!” Guitarist Dorsey Park”

“There must be something in the water in Asheville, NC. Whatever it is, it brings out the best in young musicians, fueling their ability to captivate audiences with a range of styles , from electronica to Afrobeat to Southern Rock. Velvet Truckstop falls in the latter category, with a sweet convergence of intricate james and dirty Blues. Rather than basking in the legacies of the artists and bands who have come before, the quintet – Jamie Dose, Dorsey Parker, Brad Curtioff, Jerry McNeely, and Chris “Fuzzy” Coomes – is pushing the genre into a new exciting realm. 2009 saw the release of the bands studio debut, SWEET RELEASE, a collection of tried-and-true, road-tested compositions that burn with the intensity of an oil-drum fire pit on a cold January night. Raw guitars, gravel vocals and understated keys make SWEET RELEASE a rock ‘n’ roll salute. From the slinking “Sullen Women” to the rollicking “Mercenary Wind,” Velvet Truckstop proves over and over that not only w”

“FULL THROTTLE The name Velvet Truckstop works off of two disparate images: a velvet Elvis and an interstate diner. But it calls to mind something else — something decidedly Southern, yet traveled; something blue collar, yet decadent; something familiar, yet slightly dangerous. All of which work pretty well when it comes to the sound of the local rockers who go by that moniker. And, though Velvet Truckstop has been a band for more than half a decade (guitarist Dorsey Parker and lead vocalist/guitarist/mandolin player Jamie Dose are the two consistent members), it’s this spring that the right kind of momentum is building to catapult them to national recognition. Not that Parker and Dose are saying that. “We weren’t born with rock star last names,” is what Dose says. Which means they’ve had to work hard. But, lately, Velvet Truckstop has been brushing elbows with rock pedigree, mainly in the form of producer Johnny Sandlin”

“If you’re a fan of rock music, put this newspaper down for a few minutes, dial up YouTube on your computer, search for “Velvet Truckstop,” and watch the Southern rockers perform their scorching version of “Baby Don’t You Do It,” a song first made popular by Motown great Marvin Gaye in 1964. After you finish watching the video, ask yourself if there’s any better way to spend a Saturday night in Letcher County than watching one of the South’s most exciting new bands perform in person.”

“Their sophomore effort Sweet Release represents everything you’d want.... crafty arrangements, pointed songwriter and fantastic jams.”

“[Velvet Truckstop] plays thick and tight...to a rocking climax — a high electric guitar solo and a virtuosic piano cut — followed by a drumsmashing cadenza. It’s the kind of rock you can lose yourself in.”

Gus Lubin - Yes Weekly

“Velvet Truckstop is winning hearts, minds, and ears with their no-nonsense approach to down home rock and roll.”

Don Talley - The Asheville Music Scene

“The tight rhythm & blues makes you want to get out of your seat & move to the music. They're a must see band”

Bad Ash - 105.9 The Mountain

“The most defining element that sticks with you is that their music is just plain old good. Something borrowed, something blue sometimes makes something brand new....”

Brad Hodge - Honest Tune

"If Velvet Truckstop ain't careful, they just might make rock and roll relevant again,"

Laura Blackley - WNCW Radio