For years, Charleston-based singer and electric/acoustic blues-rock guitarist Graham Whorley has worked with various groups of musicians who understand his soulful vibe and complex rock stylings. On the side, he’s established himself as a versatile solo live performer, too (his “loop shows” are a hoot).
With his latest backing ensemble, he feels even more invigorated and inspired than ever about writing, performing, and experimenting with music. Keyboardist Daniel Walker and drummer Brian Ledbetter (both previously of The Workshop) signed on last year and initially played out under the band name Graham Whorley & Iridescent Sol. By the end of ’05, they had eventually settled in as the Graham Whorley Band. With temporary bassist Rusty Cole playing and doing audio engineering work elsewhere, the latest version of the band now features Will Ames on bass.
“We always want to stay as rootsy as possible while trying to be cutting-edge,” says Whorley. “We’re incorporating new things, like theremins and heavy percussion instruments, into the mix. We’re a lot more funky with Will on bass. He’s got that feel about him. He’s very well-versed and has that solidness that we needed. At 31, I’m the oldest guy in the band now [laughs]. These guys are like whippersnappers, man. All these guys are hungry and curious. They’re well-versed in music and all of them are ready to do something, you know? They’re not sitting on their asses.”
The Graham Whorley Band start a five-show residency at the Pour House this Tuesday, Aug. 1, with a rotation of opening acts. They are currently in the process of assembling songs and recording tracks with Jay Miley at his Charleston Recording Company studio on James Island.
“These Pour House shows will be great fun,” says the bandleader. “We’re going to have a different band open for us every time. Five gigs in a row. At the end of the month, we’re doing another big tour up the coast through the Carolinas and the Northeast.” —T. Ballard Lesemann
The Graham Whorley Band performs every Tuesday in August at the Pour House at 1977 Maybank Hwy., starting on Tues. Aug. 1 with support from Raleigh group American Aquarium. Cover is $5. Check out www.charlestonpourhouse.com and www.grahamwhorleyband.com for more.