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Check out our first album review for Spec from our friends over at clture.org.

New album ‘Spec’ from Elonzo Wesley displays heartbreak, love, despair, and hope in a warm way

Emanuel (for charity)

We’re releasing a new song today and donating all proceeds to charity.

Sometimes as artists we get the chance to answer a call. To be bigger than ourselves. To tap into something that is overwhelming and connects us to our own humanity. This is our own small way of giving back. We are very proud to bring to you Emanuel.

This song is dedicated to the memory of Denmark Vesey, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

We ask that you honor the memory of the people lost on June 17, 2015 by donating to this cause, or any cause that is aiming towards harmony and peace in these trying times.

All sales of this song (on this Bandcamp page) will be forwarded directly to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Other places you may consider donating to:
csgv.org
charlestonpeace.net
palmettoproject.org

Elonzo Wesley brightens up the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Elonzo Wesley brightens up the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Posted By Jeff Hahne on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:13 PM
Elonzo Wesley
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 15, 2017

While a passing thunderstorm might have scared some people away, those who showed up for Elonzo Wesley’s Saturday night River Jam session were in for a treat. While it was plenty humid, the rain was gone and the weather was cooler by the time the band took the stage. Not only that, the Charlotte band sounded fantastic. What started out as an indie-rock band called Elonzo some years ago has developed into more of a solo project by that band’s singer/guitarist, Jeremy Davis. Davis still performs solo, but there’s gorgeous musical and lyrical depth when the string band is present. A stand-up bass, fiddle and mandolin create solid sonic layers, while four-part harmonies only enhance Davis’ personal and emotional lyrics. Cover songs blended in seamlessly with the band’s originals providing an outstanding backdrop for the outdoor, riverside setting.

Creative Loafing Charlotte

Spec of a Spec

Another previously unreleased song. We did this one live at Petra’s Bar back in December. Keep an eye out for a few more of them we did at the same time. Enjoy.

New Music @WSBF Clemson

We went down to Clemson, SC a few weeks ago to play a house show put on by some good folks. WSBF came out and did a live session with us earlier that evening. This song will be on our upcoming record and is until now unreleased except for this video. Enjoy!

NC Brewers and Music Fest

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2017

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Elonzo Wesley started as an offshoot of Elonzo. After writing and releasing records with that project for around 6 years, we decided to call it quits as a band. I had to start new. So I spent 2015 playing solo shows, touring when I could, and was lucky enough to be able to release two EP’s (“To Be True” and a split 7″ with Sinners and Saints “This Ain’t No Country Song”).

Sometime during the summer (2015) I met Taylor Winchester at a show. We talked about potentially playing together, but it wasn’t until that fall that we actually would. In November, we played our first set together as a duo opening for the now renowned SUSTO. The show went well and it was a welcome feeling to have someone else on stage with me.

After playing for a few months together, and realizing we might be on to something with the string band idea, we invited along one of my old friends, Dennis Contreras to start playing upright bass with us. Shortly after that I met our now violinist Alicia Driver while I was working the sound booth at a club here in Charlotte for another band she was playing with.

All that to say, 2016 was a really good for Elonzo Wesley. We are growing leaps and bounds musically I’m really happy about the music we are making together. We’re working on a new record that will be out by the summer….. so stay tuned!

Jeremy Davis ( and all the EW Crew )

Jeremy Davis – Vocals, Guitar
Taylor Winchester – Mandolin
Dennis Contreras – Upright Bass, Vocals
Alicia Driver – Violin, Vocals

Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC. July 17, 2016.

Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC. July 17, 2016. Opening for Steve Miller.

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“Boulders”

 

“Boulders” written by Dylan Dickerson of Dear Blanca (dearblanca.bandcamp.com/)

Over the past few years I’ve seen Dear Blanca play a number of times, listened to their records, and more recently run sound for them at a local venue in here in Charlotte. Every time they play this song it hits me , and the original version, recorded by none other than Mr. Bo White, is really great as well.

The artwork is a painting called “Babylon Don’t Love You” by my friend David R. Warren. (davidrwarren.com)

Post Hearings – “This Ain’t No Country Song”

My friends over at Post Hearings recorded a set I did back in January at Newsstand Records and Books down in Rock Hill SC. They are good folks. You can check out the other performances over at their Facebook page (Post Hearings Facebook Link).