These debut releases deliver the goods with stunning precision, putting dynamic songwriting and performance in the driver’s seat in a most refreshing way.
Tupelo Conjure has released the band’s much-anticipated first studio album “Leptons” together with the two-song live performance recording “Unplugged” and a 126-page “Leptons Songbook.” Check out the band’s website, www.tupeloconjure.com, for streaming and download links.
Showcasing incredible collaborative effort in the studio, both “Leptons” and “Unplugged” feature the top-notch engineering of Grammy-winner (and five-time nominee) Bud Snyder, whose credits include work with Jeff Buckley, The Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks.
Snyder teamed with songwriter Rick Almarode on production for “Leptons,” which captures passionate performances with hard-hitting tempos that blend effortlessly into warm ballads.
The band is based in Sarasota, Florida, where its members performed together in various projects over the last decade before teaming up to form Tupelo Conjure. Bassist Steve Duerst and drummer Jeff Arevalo, lifelong friends who attended Berklee College of Music together, make an undeniable powerhouse rhythm section that picks it up and puts it down exactly where it needs to be. Another longtime friend and Berklee alum Ben Alleman covers all grounds on the keys, working on B3, grand and upright piano, mellotron and clav, among others. Alleman’s flawless soundscapes of intense soul, great jam and classical influence tie all the material together and give it an undeniable iconic sound. Almarode’s warm vocals, driving guitar and multi-instrument contributions lead the melodic way.
Tupelo Conjure deliver the goods with uncompromising dedication to their craft and undeniable accuracy in their arrangements. Together their collective portfolio includes performances with Grace Potter, Bill Payne, Dickey Betts, Dan Toler, Devon Allman, Syesha Mercado, Ryan Adams, Mark Knight and more.
Both “Leptons” and “Unplugged” received physical CD and online releases on Dec. 5, with a vinyl release soon to come for “Leptons.”
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