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The Whelming Waters
Bon Voyage is the debut full-length studio album by Pittsburgh-based rock band, The Whelming Waters. Exploring many different genres and musical styles, the album makes clear use of the wide range of influences and personalities of its seven members and manages to achieve an ever-present balance between heartfelt and holler from track to track.
The lead single “Whiskey Song,” is most certainly the latter, exploding with abandon and serving as an emphatic celebration of life and its many vices. From the intensely personal “Painted Lady,” to the haunting “Willow Tree,” or the crowd-pleasing “Beautiful Lucy;” the album doesn’t shy away from shifting mood and energy. Skillfully engineered and mixed by Daniel Blake at The Schoolhouse recording studio, the tracks are clearly handled with a keen ear for their changing dynamics and are permitted to speak for themselves.
Bon Voyage features a wide array of instrumentation from its members and contributors including C. Lindberg (Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Banjo), J. Scott (Drums, Bass), N. Schwer (Bass, Violin, Vocals), K. Guidas (Vocals, Percussion), J. Guidas (Tenor Saxophone, Bass), A. Rinefierd (Alto Saxophone), N. Fessler (Piano, Vocals), J. Covert (Trumpet), T. Buchko (Trombone), C. Erb (Pedal Steel Guitar), and D. Blake (Piano, Organ).
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1. Whiskey Song
2. Painted Lady
3. Blood in the Water
4. Creature Double Feature
5. Dead Cat Bounce
6. Oh, Mabelline
8. Let’s Build a Little Home
9. Another Throwaway Song
10. My House Is Haunted
11. Willow Tree
12. Beautiful Lucy
Formed in the winter of 2015, The Whelming Waters began when three high school friends John, Collin, and Nina, decided to start a folk trio consisting of mandolin, guitar, and violin. However, when the songwriting quickly started to expand, and with the introduction of two new members in the form of Collin’s older sister Kelcie and her husband, Jereme, the group suddenly became a rock band with a wide variety of musical styles and a “no rules” attitude when it comes to songwriting or genre restrictions. With the addition of two more longtime friends in the form of a second saxophone player, Andy, and Kristen on keys, the band’s sonic profile was established.
The Whelming Waters have performed at various venues, festivals, and events in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas including Mr. Smalls Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe, and the Deutschtown Music Festival to name a few. The band placed second in the 2018 Pennrock Scholarship Battle of the Bands and made their television debut on Good Day PA! in Harrisburg in 2019.