American Roots Fusion
We Are Family
American Roots Fusion
We Are Family
UNLIKELY SAINTS take the stage with a complex combination of music genres derived from a broad pallet of musical influences. Their sound can best be described as “American Roots Fusion” due to its melding of everything from country to blues to rock to soul.
Audiences are immediately impacted and mesmerized with powerful vocals that project a deep, resonating tone and soulful sound by lead vocalist Jay Fleming. His vocals are reminiscent of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jamey Johnson and Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) with original music and select covers.
UNLIKELY SAINTS is made up of seasoned musicians Jay Fleming (Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar), Danny Norton (Bass), Andy Johnson (Drums), Hudson Hamilton (Keys) and Richard Paris (Guitar) who come together to create a rich and unique sound that audiences will appreciate on many levels with an energetic, yet understated groove. The lyrics bring it all together telling those individual stories that come from the heart and soul we can all relate to.
UNLIKELY SAINTS is who you want playing when you’re spending quality time with friends whether it’s at your next party, a concert venue, outdoor festival or you just need to escape on a road trip for a fresh perspective.
The band released its self-titled debut album in June 2017 to rave reviews and an already robust following from their regular performances at venues like Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Elk Lake Resort, McMenamin’s in addition to touring various pubs, festivals, car shows and other community events throughout Oregon. (Scroll for more)
Catch up with UNLIKELY SAINTS or join their ever-growing audience by visiting www.unlikelysaints.com where you can join in on social media, purchase merchandise, music, event tickets or book them for events near you and watch for their upcoming Spring Concert Tour to promote their new album which will include cities in the Southwestern U.S.
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The Oregon coast band, Unlikely Saints is probably a name that needs some introduction. Not because they don’t have aura and spark in their music, but because they’re an independent band making music rather than packaging publicity stunts. The band is a collaborative effort made up of Jay Fleming (Guitar, Vocals), Danny Norton (Bass), Andy Johnson (Drums), Hudson Hamilton (Keys) and Richard Paris (Guitar). The feeling I get here is that everyone pitches in the ideas, best ones get selected, everyone works on their respective instruments and fantastic music is composed. These boys dish out roots music, garnished with southern rock flavors, country, blues and Americana. The kind of music you would listen to taking break from all the chaos of society makes, sitting in your rocking chair on your porch with a cold beer in your hand, and tapping your feet on the floorboards.
The album consists of 10 tracks in total, and the album gets better by each song. It has some of the nicest guitar solos I’ve heard in a while; they’re vivid, precise, mellow and serene, unlike what many rock shredders do while playing solos. And any music aficionado will tell you why rhythm is important in solos too. That’s another thing these solos have. It really shows how much control Jay Fleming has over his instrument and his music, and he’s not playing random notes just because they sound good together either.
Of course the first thing that stops you in your tracks when you hit play on “Angel of the Interstate”, is that deep whiskey stained voice. Actually Jay Fleming’s voice reminded me of one of my favorite singers – the rather underrated Darius Rucker, ex Hootie and the Blowfish. To be honest, on the occasion Unlikely Saints seem to have that same energetic, but understated groove that Hootie had.
The middle part of the album with songs “Take Another Look”, “Grace”, “Shackles and Chains” and “Beat The Drum” along with “Try” and “Soul Fire” towards the end are some of my favorites from the album, but that is a highly personal choice. Each track stands on its own and just as lovely and mesmerizing as any other on the album. And each track is better than the previous one you heard, even if you put the album on shuffle.
The vocals put forth a contemplative, introspective, and deep resonating tone while the guitar shows off wild skills; this contrasting combination is a sort of The Beauty and The Beast match, which makes it all absolutely captivating. Listening to this recording from start to finish you would have to be thankful to each and every person who worked hard to make this album extremely beautiful. The musicians, production team, mastering team, the engineers, and mixing team; they all complement each other here. And when each one works as a team, the result is what you will find by listening to this album – something truly superlative!
But what ultimately makes this such a great album, is Unlikely Saints knowing what they’re playing, knowing message they want to convey, and it’s all from the heart. And as they say, any words spoken from heart will touch the heart, no matter what they are. From the first note to the last this notable work delivers spellbinding musical performances.
Unlikely Saints released one of the most peculiar albums of the year, and this is only their debut. The band's members are Jay (Big Pappa) Flamming, Hudson Hamilton and Richard Paris. They describe their style and music as American roots music with many additional spices and flavours. The list of their influences includes Janis Joplin, Charlie Parker, Bonnie Raitt, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill. Besides predominant roots, Unlikely Saints also play southern rock, country, blues and folk. Honestly, it is like ZZ Top is meeting Haggard.
All of the above mentioned is mixed into an album whose quality is noticeable after only one listen. From the very first to the very last track, a strong energy is omnipresent. Unlikely Saints are a band for good time and good mood. Jay has a perfect vocal for this type of music and it is impossible not to appreciate the power and candor in his interpretation. The play is flawless, pure and simple. They sound like this is their tenth album and not the first one. Guitar is in the spotlight, so Unlikely Saints come off as a true Southern rock band, only not too raw nor ferocious. It is so interesting that they tend to keep it mild, as If there is a soft layer covering each sonic texture. Even the vocal sounds persistently decent.
Shackles and Chains introduces us to the world of American South, while Beat The Drum is return to the high speed right at the end of the record when you think you have heard it all. So Far Gone is a beautiful ballad that makes sure you can hear everything on this impressive debut - from uptempo to mid tempo and ballads.
Good vibes radiate from debut album of Unlikely Saints and it takes you over after the first listen. Profuse simplicity of their sound is surprisingly pleasant and the vocal sounds like it comes from some other era. Can not wait to hear what Unlikely Saints are going to bring to the table in the future.
Posted in Kurrent Music on August 8, 2017
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As the old saying goes a band has their entire life to write the first record and this self-titled debut is a shining example of what that really means to full effect.UNLIKELY SAINTS are home to the Central Coast of Oregon but have created an album of sounds more like their roots come from the Deep South or the Bayou!
The immediate impact of lead singer/rhythm guitarist Jay 'Big Pappa' Fleming's vocals cannot be overstated. His voice is the perfect morphing of Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes and Bob Seger. He grabs the listener and takes hold until the last notes fade from closing track "Soul Fire"...Soul indeed!
Another worthy mention is the fact that close attention was paid to the track listing. The ebb and flow of this album is incredible especially in this day and age of iTunes and individual song purchases. It's almost as if this was created in another era. Remember the days when you listened to an album all the way through and played it all over again? Well here you have it!
The band gets in and out and less is more here with songs clocking in at the four minute range a total of 10 tracks. As they should, the lyrics tell individual stories that have encompassed someone's true life tales. Standout tracks are the one-two punch of "Angel Of The Interstate" and "Highway To Highway" to open the album as well as deep track "Try" and closing gem "Soul Fire".
Each band member is very capable and the experience with crafting of song is obvious. The production and recording is professional, putting the vocals out there right up front as they should be with God-given talent like this.
UNLIKELY SAINTS is what you want playing when you're drinking beer with the fellas. It's the music you can throw on at a party and expect people to ask 'who is this?'. It's the music you play when you need to get the old lady "in the mood". This is what you listen to at the start or finish of your day, or simply to adjust your attitude!
The music lying within this album will reach into your heart and mind, track-by-track you will be asking yourself: When is the last time a band created a debut album as wonderfully memorable as this?
UNLIKELY SAINTS is available now on iTunes.
5.0 Out Of 5.0
By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, July 3, 2017 @ 10:41 AM