Video: Rocky Votolato – Sawdust And Shavings

Rocky VotolatoRocky Votolato has premiered a new music video for the song “Sawdust And Shavings.”  The track appaears on his latest full length Hospital Handshakes, available now on No Sleep Records

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Video: Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshakes

Rocky VotolatoSeattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato released a new video for his song “Hospital Handshakes,” the title track from his newly released record that’s available now from No Sleep Records.

The songwriter is currently on tour throughout the States with Dave Hause, the dates are below.

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Video: Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshake

Rocky VotolatoRocky Votolato has premiered a new music video for the song “Hospital Handshake.”  The track appaears on his latest full length of the same name, availabel now on No Sleep Records.  The video was directed by Sloane White.  Votolate describes his enthusiasm:

“I’ve always wanted to make a stop animation video and this was such a fun process of experimentation and creative collaboration… Sloane Alexandra White is an incredibly talented young director from Portland and a creative force of ideas and inspiration. I was drawn to her work with shadow puppets and think she did a great job of capturing a creepy haunted darkness to visually accompany the themes and vibe of the song.”

Rocky will be on tour this summer.  Check out his upcomign tour dates along with the video below.

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Rocky Votolato Chuck Ragan

Chuck Ragan / Rocky Votolato

Kindred Spirits Split

SideOneDummy Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Chuck Ragan is no stranger to shared splits with other modern country lovin’ folk troubadours.  Most of the time he’s hanging around other punk influenced frontman (Ben Nichols, Jon Snodgrass, Tim Barry, etc…), but for his latest, Kindred Spirits, Ragan’s opted to pair up with someone a little closer to the west-coast indie side of the spectrum, Rocky Votolato.  For those unfamiliar, Votolato is the soft spoken antithesis to Ragan’s unmistakably gravelly tone.  While this might not be what Ragan’s fanbase would typically gravitate towards, the contrasting sides fit surprisingly well together.

Rocky Votolato plays a clean, mature, folk-flavoured brand of acoustic alternative evoking a somber sentiment.  Landing somewhere in the vicinity of The Weakerthans and Good Old War, opener “Sparks Of Recovery” floats in calmy with a weighted air.  Votolato feels as if made for an intimate outdoor venue lit by warmly glowing lanterns at the roll of dusk.  “We can beat death while we’re still alive,” sings Votolato insightfully amidst the twangy choral strum of “St. Louis.”  His crisp delivery accents the clear, mature, emotion flowing from each note in a way that hints at his twenty-plus year career.

Flipping over to the other side, Chuck Ragan’s offerings are much what fans have come to expect from the punk frontman gone Americana posterboy.  Instrumentally, the songs’ fall in line with Ragan’s modern output, played under the tuneful direction of his backing band, The Camaraderie. What becomes notable for Ragan’s contributions is the host of guest appearances by many similarly regarded solo artists, giving his side somewhat of a Revival Road feel (excluding the omission of Tim Barry).  

“Justice And Fair Shake” opens with a tuneful rough-and-tumble beat made all the more merry with the strokes of that ever-lively and buoyant fiddle.  The track features a guest spot during the chorus in which Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) joins Ragan for a chorus of sing-along harmony.  The song reaches that special place in memory, although Hause seems to be drowned out by Ragan’s burly calls (although the same can be said of Ben Nichols in the electric guitar-led “Before Dust”).  By comparison, Ben Nichols (Lucero), Jon Snodgrass & Chad Price (Drag The River) are given featured appearances as they help reenvision the now crowd favourite, “Vagabond.”  Maintaining the same steady twang as the version that initially appeared in Till Midnight, the clear vocal variety of these industry vets shines through in a way that gets pretty close to overshadowing the original.  

Assuming that most fans will come into awareness of this split from Ragan’s home on SideOneDummy Records, the bulk of fans will enter for Chuck Ragan, but are likely to quickly become pleased by Rocky Votolato’s contributions as well.  While Ragan and Votolato aren’t the most intuitive fit, their styles are likely to be well received by one another’s followings.  If you’re into alt-country and Americana, you can’t go wrong with Kindred Spirits.

Chuck Ragan – Vagabond (ft. Ben Nichols & Jon Snodgrass)

Rocky Votolato Chuck RaganChuck Ragan has released a new song from his upcoming split with Rocky Votolato.  The track is titled “Vagabond” and will appear on their Kindred Spirits split which is due out June 2, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the song, which features Lucero‘s Ben Nichols and Drag The River‘s Jon Snodgrass, here courtesy Noisey.

Chuck Ragan Announces Split With Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato Chuck RaganChuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato have teamed up for a brand new six-song 7″ split.  The shared effort will go under the titled Kindred Spirits and is due out June 2, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.

To celebrate, the label has premiered a the Rocky Votolato track, “Sparks Of Recovery,” which can be heard below along with upcoming tour dates.

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Tour: Rocky Votolato & Dave Hause (North America)

Rocky VotolatoSeattle based singer songwriter Rocky Votolato has announced a summer co-headlining tour with former Loved One’s frontman Dave Hause. He is out in support of his latest full length, Hospital Handshakes, released earlier this month via No Sleep Records. Additional support will come from Chris Farren of Florida punks Fake Problems.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Rocky Votolato Streams ‘Hospital Handshakes’

Rocky VotolatoDallas, TX singer songwriter Rocky Votolato is streaming the title track from his upcoming LP Hospital Handshakes. The record is due for release on April 21st via No Sleep Records and he spoke to Brooklyn Vegan about the song:

“I feel like that track more than any other captured the feel of what I was going through over the past few years and trying to communicate with this record…The album is essentially a story of healing, redemption, and overcoming depression and suicidal thinking.”

Check out the stream here and pre orders for Hospital Handshakes are available via iTunes and directly from the No Sleep Records Store.


Dates Announced For Revival Tour

Revival TourDates for the sixth annual Revival Tour have been announced and can be seen below.

The 2013 edition of the Revival Tour kicks off in March and features acoustic performances by Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, LA’s Jenny O., Hot Water Music‘s singer and original tour organizer Chuck Ragan, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato, NJ-based singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs, with additional artists to be announced.

The tour will last five weeks starting on March 15th.

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Video: Revival Tour Live (Cardinal Sessions) has posted a live video from the Cardinal Sessions of Revival Tour artists performing Chuck Ragan’s song On The Bow in Germany. Artists include Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Joe Ginsberg, Jon Gaunt, Emily Barker, and Cory Branan.

The Revival Tour is in its fifth year and third trip overseas. It will continue to Italy and the rest of Europe through the end of the month. 

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