War Chief on festival run, announce LP
LITTLE ROCK- Most Arkansas-based bands would be happy to play one festival a year in the area, let alone three.
Little Rock based War Chief is doing just that this year. The four-piece rock-n-roll outfit will begin their invasion of the Arkansas festival scene on Sunday, May 27th when they will play Riverfest in Little Rock on the Bud Light stage at 2:00 p.m. A mere 4 days later, on Thursday, May 31st at noon, War Chief have the honor of kicking off festivities at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark for the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, which this year features nationally-recognized acts such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers, Railroad Earth and a host of others. They conclude their current festival schedule on Saturday, July 28th when they return to Mulberry Mountain for the inaugural Backwoods Arts Gathering, showcasing a wide range of local and regional musical talent.
To correspond with the wave of success, War Chief will release their debut LP, “Love Letters From Prester John” in early June. It is the second album released by singer/songwriter Grayson Shelton and the first one by the current lineup. According to Shelton, the album is “is more straightforward rock-n-roll than the previous album in a lot of parts, but at other times has songs that could have just as easily have been on the first album”.
A CD release party has been scheduled for June 15th at Stickyz Rock ‘n Roll Chicken Shack. Show support and ticket prices are forthcoming.
The band will also return to Stickyz on July 14th for the 3rd Annual Midsummer Night’s Jam with fellow local bands FreeVerse and Chillyrose. It will be an 18 & up show and tickets will be $10 dollars.
Album artwork for “Love Letters From Prester John” and a hi-definition image have been included. For an advance copy of the album, please contact Grayson Shelton at email@example.com
ABOUT WAR CHIEF
War Chief is Central Arkansas’ newest indie folk-rock band, full of what Sync Weekly called “blue-collar-rock guitar, rowdy rhythms and a freewheeling yet energetic feel.” The band is led by Grayson Shelton, a Little Rock-based singer-songwriter with several years’ experience of solo acoustic sets under his belt. War Chief marks a turn toward focusing on more original music and sounds for the talented guitarist and singer.
War Chief has been compared to everything from the gritty, classic roots-rock sounds of The Allman Brothers and Drive-By Truckers to the more modern indie- and folk-rock sounds of Spoon, Wilco and Blitzen Trapper.
The four-piece Americana-rock group formed in early 2011 and within a year was receiving accolades from media critics, local music venues, and live music fans for its debut, self-titled EP release.
War Chief’s accomplishments continued in February 2012 as it won its Semifinal round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and went on to compete in the Finals, which each year includes just the top five bands in the state — out of hundreds of applicants for the contest.
The Arkansas Times’ music critic Robert Bell wrote of War Chief:
“Classic rock diehards will dig the Allman-esque guitar heroics on ‘Welcome to the Real World,’ while the rollicking ‘Stand Watie,’ included below, could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with The Drive-By Truckers at their most solemnly intense.”
War Chief is: Chris Brummett- Drums, Dickie Pool- Bass, Grayson Shelton- rhythm guitar, vocals and Andy Stringfellow- Lead Guitar