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!
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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. Opening for Steve Miller.
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“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)
Written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, “Bells of Harlem” is a song I’ve been listening to a lot lately. The album “Friend of a Friend” has become one of my favorites over the last few months. I love the vibe of this song in the original recording and I think I am bringing something slightly different to it in this version. I’m not sure exactly what this song meant to Dave and Gillian when it was written but it seems poignant right now. With all of the confusion, corruption, horrible news and heartache, this song seems hopeful despite it all.
The artwork is a painting by a friend of mine, David R. Warren (www.davidrwarren.com) called “High on Low.” He was gracious enough to let me use his image for this track.
Hope you enjoy.
Well, we had a good run back in February with our friends Ghost of the Kodiak, and Brian Robert. A few weeks before the winter tour, actually the first show of 2016, I played at Newsstand Records and Books in Rock Hill, SC. The good folks down there recorded the whole night and have been putting out some videos for your viewing pleasure. Give it a look when you get a second. The song they chose from my set was “Know Too Much,” a track off the latest EP To Be True.
We’ll be at the Evening Muse in Charlotte NC this coming Tuesday, 3/22 with our friends Mail the Horse. We hope to see you out if you can make the show! If you don’t make this one keep an eye out. We’re booking dates across the summer now and we’ll be announcing our next tour soon. Thank you.