Chamomile and Whiskey, Jess Novak and Brian Golden

June 26 2014, 1:22pm
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September 26, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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Chamomile and WhiskeyIn just two years, Chamomile and Whiskey has become one of the hottest bands in central Virginia. They have released two albums with the new label County Wide Records, and played hundreds of shows on the east coast. Much of their success can be attributed to their passionate and energetic live performance. A Chamomile and Whiskey show is a rowdy affair, often sending the sounds of whiskey being spilled, boots stomping, and fans howling towards the Blue Ridge Mountains. The strong connection with the audience has given them a number of great opportunities… including shows with Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, J Roddy Walston, The Last Bison, and many shared bills with fellow Charlottesville natives the Hackensaw Boys.
May 24th, 2013 was the release date for “Wandering Boots,” the band’s debut full- length album. From top to bottom the collection of songs is a testament to the band’s eclectic nature. From the raucous gypsy title track “Wandering Boots.. to the smooth country-fied “Impressions”… to the high-tempo Irish tune “Dirty Sea,” the album’s genre bends with each track. Marie Borgman’s versatile fiddle playing is a key component to the group’s adaptability… while Irish and Old-Time seem her forte, gypsy and classical musings are heard through out the album. The contrast between Koda Kerl and Ryan Lavin’s songwriting is another great blend of sounds. Kerl, who penned six of the nine numbers, has a smooth and soulful voice, from the poignant “Long Day” to the pirate-like “Second Lullaby.” Lavin (a native of Galway, Ireland) brings passionate vocals to his tunes, as well his own brand of banjo playing… elevating the energy with every note. The rhythm pulsates with the thump of hungry musicians, a bottle of whiskey and a purpose.
While Chamomile and Whiskey seems to have all the talent and songwriting to make a successful project… they also possess something more. An infectious energy sweeps across the stage when they perform, the love they share for each other and the music quickly and emphatically reaches the audience. As the band continues to write, and tour more extensively, we all look forward to the next phase for these ambassadors of blue-ridge rock.