Good Gravy pours into State Bridge Sunday
Ryan Summerlin July 6, 2012
BOND – Good Gravy’s flavor can be described as a modern approach to American roots music. Within their recipe are remnants of bluegrass, rock, folk, electronic, jazz and calypso. The band has an eclectic, earthy palette that is furthered by the use of improvisation, a hard-driving rhythm section and occasional electric instrumentation.
Reaching phenomenal energy levels with their acoustics, they take it to the next level using electrics. The artistry and intermittent use creates a dynamic story throughout their live shows that’s not only tasteful but distinguishing. With captivating melodies, thick vocals, intriguing dynamics and intense improvised jams, the band’s imagination is fresh in the live music scene.
Artists such as the String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and Leftover Salmon are obvious inspirations, as Good Gravy’s original techniques are paired with evident influences. Guaranteed to throw down everything from psychedelic dance beats to slamming bluegrass, the contemporary band takes acoustic songwriting to new and exciting realms.
Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and producer – these are some of the faces Erik Deutsch has shown the world. An intensely creative and talented player, he has the ability to lend his sound to an impressive array of musical endeavors.
Deutsch was the first keyboardist to work in Charlie Hunter’s band. During his three-year tour of duty, the trio traveled to the far corners of the globe. Performances in Russia, Turkey, Greece, Morocco and Mexico were highlights. The trio released Mistico in 2007 and Baboon Strength in 2008. Now, the performer has a brand new record entitled “Demonio Teclado.”