The Volebeats

The Volebeats

 Detroit, Michigan, USA


Detroit's Volebeats have been acclaimed and influential practitioners of what Gram Parsons called "Cosmic American Music" for over a decade. Ryan Adams has called them "the best American band", and has joined them onstage from time to time. Country singer Laura Cantrell covered one of their tunes on her debut LP.
VOLEBEATS COUNTRY FAVORITES is a brand new collection of recent studio recordings, cover tunes, and some hard-to-find rarities. Abba, Funkadelic, the 13th Floor Elevators, Slayer, and Serge Gainsbourg all get the Volebeat treatment here, as the voles display their unrelenting penchant for playing good songs whenever they feel like it, regardless of any genre restrictions. Also included is the Volebeats country favorite "Hamtramck Mama", an ode to prostitution in their hometown, originally recorded in the 1940's by the York Brothers. Volebeat originals like "One I Love", "Hold On", and "Standin' Next to You" are top notch productions, with twanging guitars and superb harmonies evoking reverb-drenched psychedelic desert skies filled with longing and heartbreak and unfolding in front of your eyes in Panavision like a sequel to Easy Rider projected at drive-in movies inside your brain. This is where the Volebeats would like to take you with their music.

Led by singer Jeff Oakes and guitarist/singer Matthew Smith, the Volebeats feature members of Outrageous Cherry, Electric Six, and other Detroit contemporaries.

They are currently putting the finishing touches on their next full-length LP, to be released sometime next year. If you haven't heard the Volebeats yet, VOLEBEATS COUNTRY FAVORITES is a great place to start. It's a solid representation of the enigmatic band that some say "crosses Hank Williams with the Beach Boys".