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"gogoPilot @ The Evening Muse"

gogoPilot - The new project from Jeff Williams (Lodestar), gogoPilot might be his best work yet. Along with compatriots Rodney Lanier (Stelle Group, Sea of Cortez), Ben Kennedy (Pyramid), Chris Ravenscroft and Chris Walldorf (Pyramid), Williams has been moving more into a strict melodic direction, something akin to Alejandro Escovedo's recent incarnations: slow, spare, and containing plenty of wide open space. You've heard of the high lonesome sound? This might just be Low lonesome (as in the band) -- lotsa indie atmospherics, accordion, mandolin, and steel guitar, and just enough snotty college rock edge to keep you guessing.
- Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC

"Armageddon Lullabies cd review"

“Jeff Williams, the former Lodestar frontman and Charlotte music fixture, seems to have really hit his stride with Armageddon Lullabies, the band's latest. Full of lush instrumentation from a backing band which includes members of local instro-rockers Sea of Cortez, Pyramid, and others, Armageddon is one of the most fully realized (and recorded local cocktails) I've tasted in quite some time: smooth going down, with a nice after-burn to let you know it means business. Creative Loafing. Charlotte, NC September 2005 - Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC


"Armageddon Lullabies" - Six Song e.p. released in September of 2005.


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gogoPilot is an indie rock outfit form Charlotte, NC. The band formed in 2003, as a mostly acoustic ensemble featuring pretty, melodic songs, eclectic instrumentation such as violin, cello, accordion, lap steel, and the standard bass guitar and drums. Over time, the sound has hardened a bit and has taken on more of a rock approach. Influences include a diverse range of artists ranging from the Beatles, Burt Bacharach and the Zombies to modern acts such as Wilco, Guidied By Voices, and Those Bastard Souls. Throw in a little post-punk influence like early Echo and The Bunnymen and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and you end up in gogoPilot territory. The band is the brain-child of singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Williams, whose past projects have included Lodestar, Iodine and Cellophane. Though band members tend to fluctuate, the six song “maxie-e.p.”, Armageddon Lullabies, was primarily recorded with the help of guitarist and sidekick Chris Ravenscroft, drummer Chad Wilson, and bassist Chris Lonnon. Other musicians appearing on the record include Rodney Lanier (on lap steel, accordion, and guitar), Ben Kennedy (on cello and violin), Vance Carlisle (on piano), and Reeve Coobs on vocal harmonies) and Chris Walldorf (on percussion). Produced by wunderkind, Joe Kuhlmann, the result is a c.d. that features strong song writing, melodic instrumentation and introspective songs about everything form the current political environment to very adult problems such as alcoholism, the drudgery of working life, relationships falling apart, and people watching in an Italian train station…