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The Record Company at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The Record Company certainly made an auspicious recording debut last year.

The Los Angeles trio has been together since 2011 and opened for acts such as B.B. King, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Blackberry Smoke and more. When it’s debut album, “Give It Back To You,” finally surfaced during February of 2016 it hit No. 4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, while the single “Off The Group” topped the Adult Alternative Songs survey. and the album also snagged a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Blues album.

So the group is came into its current tour with plenty of momentum, and singer-guitarist Chris Vos says the trio is looking to maintain that as it works towards its sophomore release...

• The Grammy nomination “was a shock,” Vos says by phone from his home in Los Angeles. Growing up in the Midwest on a farm in Wisconsin, it never crossed my mind that there could be a Grammy nomination in my future. I’d never been in a situation where people are paying to see my band, so the idea of a Grammy...forget about it. So when it came through it was a completely shock. At 6 a.m. that morning my wife, who I thought was being overly optimistic, went and looked on the Grammy (web) site and she started screaming and I thought the house was on fire or something band had happened. She just said, ‘Christopher, you’re nominated for a Grammy!’ I just sat up in bed for a minute. I had to let it settle in.”

• Despite the honor, however, Vos doesn’t entirely agree with the classification. “I don’t consider what we do blues,” he explains. “I consider what we do rock ‘n’ roll. It doesn’t bother me what anybody calls it, but I all it rock ‘’n’ roll ‘cause to me the blues influence is in the roll. The roll’s the soul, the gospel, the blues. Our blues influence just falls into that; We’re a rock and ROLL band. We care about the roll, and I think some people hear that as blues.”

• Though the Record Company is still busy touring to support “Give It Back To You,” the trio already has its sophomore album in motion. “We have about half of it in the can,” Vos reveals. “We played 135 shows last year and haven’t been much slower this year, so there hasn’t been a lot of time to record except some of December and most of January. I feel very good about what we’ve got so far; It seems like a real step forward, and it’s nice to be back on this (recording) side of the process. We’re playing every single day until almost July, then we’ll have some time to do some writing and recording again. We do want to have it out early next year. That’s the goal.”

If You Go:

• The Record Company and Smooth Hound Smith

• Tuesday, May 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $20.

• Call 313-961-8961 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewshall.com

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