Charleston rock/roots band Gaslight Street made some major adjustments over the summer. The band recorded a new batch of songs in July at local studio Ocean Industries with engineers Jeff Leonard and Eric Rickert. The tracks will comprise their second studio album due this winter.
“We decided to record analog to two-inch tape with all the instruments to give it a vintage, raw sound that you hear on older recordings,” says lead singer/guitarist Campbell Brown. “We are very excited about it. Jeff and Eric are complete pros to work with. We should have everything mixed and ready to be mastered by the end of September.”
A guest horn section — trombonist Steve Spaulding, trumpeter Kevin Hackler, and sax player Eric Mullins — joined the band on a couple of songs in the studio.Under the nickname The Rusty Trombones, they performed at a handful of recent live shows as well. The core lineup changed, too. Original drummer Brooks DuBose and keyboardist Jason Stokes amicably left the band in August. Drummer Quentin Ravenel, keyboardist Alex Hennessey, and guitarist/fiddler Jesse Prichard have accomanied Brown and bassist Frank Nelson on stage this season.
“The band still has strong roots to blues, rock, and roots music,” says Brown. “With the lineup change, the soul/funk aspect will be reflected heavily as well.”
The new Gaslight Street lineup performed the Black Crowes after-party at the Pour House on Sept. 10. They headline the Charleston Peace One Day event on Sept. 19. They perform at the dog-friendly Yappy Hour event at James Island County Park on Thurs. Sept. 23.
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