A school? A concert? A church?The Elonzo Wesley band’s “Emanuel” is a pretty self-explanatory song reflecting upon one of the most infamous mass shootings in recent U.S. history. Frontman Jeremy Davis (guitar, vocals) penned the ballad right after 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof left nine people dead in 2015 at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Davis was on the road at the time, staying in a Tennessee Motel 6 when he woke up to hear the news.
Weeks after Dylann Roof murdered nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Elonzo Wesley’s Jeremy Davis checked into a hotel outside of Nashville. On the cable channels, many newscasters were still talking about the massacre. Davis fell asleep with the TV on. He woke up in the middle of the night and started writing what would become the song “Emanuel.”
Ag + Art Tour of Fairfield County and Gypsy Wind Farms are excited to be hosting Elonzo Wesley for an afternoon of music. There will also be a number of Artists/Artisans, and demonstations on site! Enjoy a self-guided tour of the farm and make sure to bring a cooler; the SC Certified Roadside Market will be open!Check out the website for additional farms and activities! All free; a GREAT time to be had by all! http://www.agandarttour.com/fairfield
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Elonzo Wesley, “Dreams (Re: Texas)”
Spec is the new record from this Charlotte-based folk act. The opening, title track sets a delicate tone for the LP, but “Dream (Re: Texas)” stands out in how it captures the genuine spirit of band’s sound with a charging tempo. The tune is also a showcase of both the frank songwriting of singer Jeremy Davis and the strengths of his band, string/bassist Dennis Contreras, violinist Alicia Driver, and mandolinist Taylor Winchester—all sharing vocal credits on the record.
In memory of
By Grey Revell
The horrific shooting of nine parishioners by a white supremacist in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, left the entire country stunned, forcing us to confront ghosts that many preferred to leave alone.
For Jeremy Davis, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, and the leader of the Charlotte band Elonzo Wesley, it put him in a place so personal and so raw that he had no choice but to write his way out. The result was “Emanuel,” one of the best songs on Elonzo Wesley’s newest album Spec, released in November on the Concord-based Silent Uproar label, the home of Sinners & Saints and the Avett Brothers’ early rock incarnation, Nemo.