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Take The Gravel Home

by The 100s

A collection of Folk-Rock vignettes with an Alt-Country influence. The 100s attack stringed-instrument arrangements with tight drumming, solid bass riffs and the occasional humbucking chord tearing into the fabric of woven story that is the 100s' forte.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Annabel
4:27 album only
2. Right In Here
4:31 album only
3. Katy Did
4:01 album only
4. Chickasaw Dreamer
4:26 album only
5. Take The Gravel Home
5:00 album only
6. Fireman's Wedding
3:43 album only
7. Happy On The Farm
4:24 album only
8. Shakytown
4:34 album only
9. Tearing Down
2:59 album only
10. Buffalo Ridge Waltz
2:58 album only
11. I Hope It Rains
4:02 album only
12. Darwin Adams
4:17 album only
13. How Much
5:36 album only


Album Notes
Equal parts folk, rock & roll, country, and American roots music, The 100s are a band from America's heartland that crosses several genres while tying them all together with a common thread of what the band likes to call "Rural Route Rock." Featuring a dozen-and-a-half instruments and multi-harmony vocals, these six seasoned Midwest musicians create a sonic landscape that's like a burst of fresh air through the back screen door of the big house that the industry machine likes to tout as "Americana" these days.

On their debut CD, "Take The Gravel Home," the band's original material blends an acoustic sensibility with a no-holds-barred approach to playing, and a solid rhythm section drives the point home, with the occasional wailing humbuckers when the situation warrants. Their songs address themes and subjects that are simultaneously distinct and universal: love and loyalty, rainstorms and redemption, drunkards and dreamers, better days and bitter harvests, the razor edge of life in the big city and the embracing of a simpler existence out on the county blacktop. The group's choice of covers - Joe Henry's "Fireman's Wedding" and "Annabel" by Detroit band The Volebeats - lends a decidedly alt-country flair to the folky side of things. "Take The Gravel Home" is a 13-song storybook that has a decidedly rural flavor to it. If you live off the beaten path and away from the glitz-and-greasepaint veneer of the metropolis - or just wish you did - you'll relate to where it comes from and where it's headed.

The day's too short to try and figure out to which pigeonhole this music belongs. The 100s sound is "folk" music in the best sense of the phrase, in that it's music for all folks - young and old, urban and rural, those hip and those who couldn't care less. But The 100s are not about to hang labels on themselves, nor their listeners. They've combined honest storytelling with artful musicianship to create a sense of place that's both strange and familiar all at once.

Whether you like countrified ballads, wistful vignettes, or all-out rockers, "Take The Gravel Home" by The 100s will fill the bill. And if all of the above categorizing still hasn't piqued your interest quite enough...well, maybe you just need to hear some of that "flanged banjo" on the title track in order to begin contemplating the possibilities...

The 100s are:

David Pedersen: vocals & percussion
Jeff Schmidt: guitar, harmonica
Ken Kemper: bass, banjo, backing vocals
Dale Beeks: acoustic & electric guitars, resonator guitar, fiddle, lap slide
Pete Raine: acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, backing vocals
Tim Looney: drums & percussion



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Judy Demers

A trip down memory lane, with today's viewpoint
The lyrics of these songs could be about nearly anywhere in rural America. Music about today's problems--not so different from any other generation's. The melodies are easy to listen to. The harmonies and all acousitc sounds are proof positive that musicians still exist who can create music that is universal in its scope, and one does not need earmuffs to filter out the eltronic noises many of today's artists record. A delightfully pure sound without enhancements, the 100's are a breath of fresh air.

Sandy Tullock

Incredible! I am very impressed.
The lyrics reminded me of things and places I hadn't thought of in years. It's like hearing a piece of home over and over! I love it.

Jeb Bouchard

Awesome! Can't wait for the next CD (hint to Peter Raine)
Loved the music and lyrics. Very nice to sit on my porch in Vermont and listen to the not-too-country, a little bit of folk and light rock sounds. Ahhh... very pleasant indeed.

100s: Take The Gravel Home

Reminds me of old Clancy brothers style story telling, but with out the Irish twist,,, instead a very modernized Iowa midwest farmer's woes attitude. A very unique sound, & refreshing to listen to!

100s: Take The Gravel Home

Reminds me of old Clancy brothers style story telling, but with out the Irish twist,,, instead a very modernized Iowa midwest farmer's woes attitude. A very unique sound, & refreshing to listen to!

Mick Baldwin

Take the Gravel Home
You know I actually got to see The 100s Saturday Night at Waubeek. I had heard bits and pieces of there Music before. They were Great and there music was Awesome.

Lisa Raine

Love at first listen
It is true this music defies classification. I thought it would to be "too country" for me but it is just good music that I liked from the first track. Found myself unable to stop singing backup. Excellent talent and variety that makes one eager for every track. Well done guys.


Love the cd, wish I could see the group play live. Maybe someday. Keep it up and keep em coming.


fun toe tapping
Nice easy listening-to music. Thanks for the hard work and just doing it!!!! Make another one, and I shall buy that one, too. BZ