A new year calls for new music. New local music. Formed in 2010, with two albums and dozens of live gigs played around the Central Valley and California under their belts, The Long Black Veils have been at it for a while. But don’t think that because they’ve been around for a few years, there’s nothing new to talk about when it comes to this quartet of guys from Selma.
With their second album In The Dark now available for digital download, a third in rehearsals and a live show set for January 29 at Fulton 55, now is the time to get to know the band…if you aren’t already an LBV groupie. Maybe you’ve heard of a band called the Beatles. Or a guy named Bruce Springsteen. Or Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sr., Wilco. Then you’ll probably like the “unclassifiable” rock sound of The Long Black Veils, who draw inspiration from musical greats in many genres like pulling the names of who’s-who in Americana-rock-country music out of hat.
The band’s name comes from the oft-covered country standard “Long Black Veil,” which lead singer Rob Avalos remembers his late uncle playing for him shortly before he died.
Listen to Rob talk about how the band got started and what they’ve got in store for 2015.
Rob Avalos – vocals, guitar, harp
Johnny Serpa – drums, guitar
Rob Weeks – bass
Sean Lowrie – flute, mellotron, keys, and mandolin
Recommend: “Win-u-Over” on the new album In The Dark.