The Return of the Lonesome Coyote Patchwork Pulpit
'The Return of the Lonesome Coyote Patchwork Pulpit, and Sundry Other Tales from the Rainbow's End' is seventy minutes' worth of hard won alt-roots gold chronicling four years in the life of expat Georgian singer songwriter Benton Roark. After the original New York-based Rollaway disbanded, Roark relocated to Vancouver along with vocalist Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud and assembled an eclectic team made up of some of the city's best locals and transplants, including Jen Lewin and Adam Tryczynski of Stronger than Lions, Martin Reisle of Maria in the Shower, Brian Nesselroad of the Fringe Percussion Group, and Adam Jones of The Mackenzie Jones Big Band, among others. The new Rollaway recorded the vast majority of 'The Return...' in their East Van rehearsal space home, infusing the mostly sober and often stormy material with warmth, grit, and conviviality. At times painfully honest and at others mysteriously mythical, the well-crafted poetry is set to five-part harmony, raucous guitars, ethereal pedal steel work, vintage Rhodes and Hammond colours, lush strings, and upright bass-driven, big-beat rhythm. The sound is what you might imagine given the history of the writer and producer (Roark), who also works in the avant-garde classical realm: a quasi-conceptual and highly-artistic blend of Southern gothic, ramshackle West-coast roots, and dark romanticism. All songs on 'The Return...' written by Benton Roark All songs recorded by Rollaway at the Palais des Gens in East Vancouver Mixed by Benton Roark and Adam Tryczynski Mastered by Stu McKillop at The Hive Additional recording services provided by Greg Montforton at Blue Wave Studios Tracking assistance and advising provided by Will Howie Artwork by Stephen Key. Graphic design by Benton Roark. Produced by Benton Roark Musicians: Adam Jones - upright and electric basses, harmony vocals Brian Nesselroad - drums, glockenspiel, congas, found percussion Martin Reisle - pedal steel guitar, banjo, harmony vocals Benton Roark - acoustic guitar, Fender rhodes, Hammond organ, piano, vocals Adam Tryczynski - electric guitars, cello, harmony vocals Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud - shakers, vocals and, Llowyn Ball - violin on 'Paperhat Loveboat', 'Desolation Sound', 'A Deeper Shade of Blue', and 'Silver Threads Among the Black' John Kastelic - viola on the same Jen Lewin - Hammond organ on 'Blood Sun Rising' Julian Tryczynski - backup vocals on 'Old Crow Man', 'Blood Sun Rising', and 'Oh Tallulah, River in My Dreams' Peden Young - rhythm electric guitar on 'Blood Sun Rising' and lead on 'Waiting on a Light to Change', backup vocals on 'Old Crow Man', 'Blood Sun Rising', and 'Oh Tallulah, River in My Dreams' Rollaway is a roots/rock band based in East Vancouver with strong ties to the southern states from where it's founders Benton Roark and Peden Young hale. They have released two records - Rollaway and The Rollaway B-Sides EP - and have a third (for which a five-track demo is available) scheduled for release in the fall of 2010. The current lineup consists of Roark on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud on vocals and percussion, Adam Tryczynski on lead guitar and backup vocals, Adam Jones on upright bass and backup vocals, Jen Lewin on keyboards and backup vocals, and Brian Nesselroad on drums. Except for four tracks written by Young on the self-titled début, Roark has written all of the material, which is stylistically aligned with classic acts such as The Band, The Allman Brothers, and The Grateful Dead, as well as recent ones such as My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. With all of it's members trained in multiple genres - jazz, classical, rock, and folk - Rollaway combines a sense of harmonic and formal experimentation with a direct, story-based lyrical approach that together have been creating a buzz both locally and stateside.