Set to release their sophomore album Talking Man’s Blues, Syracuse’s own The Lightkeepers will host an album release party to celebrate the achievement at Funk ‘N Waffles, Syracuse at 10:00 p.m. on Friday Nov. 2.
Recorded in the Spring of 2018 at the famous Syracuse University Belfer Studio, Talking Man’s Blues showcases the band’s ability to mix their original catalog of funky rock and blues rhythms with soulful covers such as “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” and Bob Dylan’s gospel style anthem, “You Gotta Serve Somebody”.
With over 60 years of combined musical experience among them, band members Jes Sheldon (Vocals), Mike Vincitore (Guitar), P.J. Will (Guitar), Elliot Jarvis (Bass) and Jack Jarvis (Drums) knit a musical blanket of soul, funk, rock, jazzy blues and roots, they come from all angles. As the 2016 Syracuse Area Music Award winners for Best New Artist, The Lightkeepers hit their full stride in 2018 and are poised to launch onto the regional and national music scene in the coming year. Talking Man’s Blues aims a spotlight on the band’s diverse musical influences while highlighting its unique style and expanding into new territory by weaving across traditional genres.
“The five members of The Lightkeepers share years of combined music experience. Together, their collective talents create an original rock experience… And while their repertoire is predominantly original, they also offer their own readings on covered material… They create a unique sound derived of retro influences all mixed together in some sort of new-fangled funky blender.” Chuck Schiele, Table Hopping