TheGravelProject

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The Gravel Project is the creation of guitarist, composer and singer, Andrew Gravel. With a sound that spans multiple genres, including blues, funk, rock and jazz fusion, the band has been creating a buzz with their eclectic brand of music and gaining momentum in Boston, New Hampshire, and along the East Coast. Having played to packed clubs such as The Middle East in Cambridge, Johnny D’s in Somerville, O’Leary’s Irish Pub in Brookline, and numerous New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine taverns, bars and ski lodges, The Gravel Project electrifies crowds with inventive original songs, creative interpretations of well known classics, and red hot group improvisation – they know how to get their fans up and onto the dance floor!

The band’s roots date back to 2010, when they released their EP, More Ways Than One, which put them right on the map, showcasing seven original songs, with a comfortable versatility, moving effortlessly through various styles of funky blues, rock, and reggae.

Flash forward to 2014, and with several hundred live performances under their belt, The Gravel Project released its first full length album, The Gravel Project. Recorded at Rearwindow Studio in Brookline, Massachusetts, and mixed by John Keane (Widespread Panic, REM, Indigo Girls) in Athens, Georgia, the album features nine original songs and two reinvented covers.The breadth of material spans everything from the funky, “When I Get Back Home,” to the smoldering Muscle Shoals soul groove of “Dollar Bill” alongside the infectious guitar driven, “Blues for LA” where Gravel’s seamless playing embodies the great stylistic moments of blues rock guitar, slamming into solos that burn with intensity in combination with a technically fluid and melodic approach.

Following the release of the LP, Andrew’s brother and fellow Boston native, Jordan Gravel relocated to Boston to join the band, after spending 10 years in Charleston, South Carolina. Over the past decade, Jordan had earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance at The College of Charleston, and had become a top name in the Charleston jazz and funk circuit, performing all throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Breathing new life into The Gravel Project, Jordan’s soulful hammond organ playing immediately transfixed the band’s sound, and the lineup was rearranged to feature the organ in the bass chair. Today, The Gravel Project performs as either a trio, quartet, or quintet depending on the show, and continues to write and perform new original music, captivating new fans with each live performance. The band is currently writing new music for their upcoming second LP.

 

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