Church is in session, and it’s a sweaty, slide-driven soul-saving affair. Duane Trucks and Kevin Scott of Col. Bruce Hampton & the Pharoah Gummit have joined forces with New Orleans blues guitarist Gregory “Wolf” Hodges to form a funky new blues trio, Flannel Church.
Offering a raw display of bluesy gospel funk, Flannel Church is also the side project of Lee Boys pedal steel phenom Roosevelt Collier and South Carolina blues guitarist Shane Pruitt, who bring the sit-in magic of a festival jam session to the group’s live show.
The trio will make its concert debut on Duane Trucks’ 23rd birthday in Jacksonville, FL following the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert Dec. 28. Playing just a block down from the Florida Theater at Burro Bar, Flannel Church and Collier will showcase their energetic brand of New Orleans gospel funk late into the night.
The band will then hit the road for their first tour in January 2012, playing intimate venues throughout the Southeast:
January Tour Dates:
Chicora Alley in Greenville, SC 1/4
Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA 1/5
Marty’s in Birmingham, AL 1/6
Barley’s Taproom in Knoxville, TN 1/7
One Stop Deli & Bar in Asheville, NC 1/8
Nu-Way Restaurant & Lounge in Spartanburg, SC 1/9
Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC 1/10
Home Team BBQ (Sullivan’s Island) in Charleston, SC 1/11
Surf Bar in Folly Beach, SC 1/12
Dog Star Tavern in Fernandina Beach, FL 1/13
The District in Dothan, AL 1/14
About Flannel Church
When a history playing music with Col. Bruce Hampton is the glue that binds a band together, there’s bound to be some serious mojo at play. Duane Trucks requires no introduction. The young drummer held his own as a frequent guest with big brother Derek as a teenager, before striking out as a full time member of Hampton’s band, the Pharaoh Gummit. Rounding out the Flannel Church rhythm section is fellow Hampton bandmate, bassist Kevin Scott. But the Colonel’s storied legacy digs even deeper with New Orleans blues guitarist Gregory “Wolf” Hodges, a veteran of the legendary Codetalkers and Blueground Undergrass.
Blazing their way through sets of jazzy NOLA blues and gospel funk, the sizeable trio presents a reckon-worthy force on their own. But when joined by pedal steel player Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) or guitarist Shane Pruitt, the band morphs into a veritable powerhouse. From swampy late nights on Frenchmen Street to blazing hot shuffles on the Carolina coast, Flannel Church’s live show is a raw celebration of Deep South rhythm and blues. Don’t expect to be preached to, but you may just find salvation.