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