The Shane Pruitt Band | State of Grace

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State of Grace

by The Shane Pruitt Band

The band's second album continues it's melding of Traditional, Chicago and Memphis blues with true Southern soul, as it has created a fresh set of six original songs and five well-chosen covers that represents the best in the roots of American music.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Same Ol' Thing
4:29 album only
2. Thought You Were My Friend
5:03 album only
3. Both Ways
5:28 album only
4. State of Grace
5:51 album only
5. Me and My Woman
5:08 album only
6. It'll Be
7:35 album only
7. Put Your Shoe On the Other Foot
4:51 album only
8. Sallie Mae
5:33 album only
9. Done Got Over
5:08 album only
10. You Are My Sunshine
4:05 album only
11. I Smell It
7:08 album only
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Album Notes

Embodying a region’s music is really what the blues is all about. Taking what the surrounding heritage had to offer and breathing it in like a cool morning; the blues translates itself in that way through every artist that interprets it with honesty. Sounding unique above all is what can easily be lost in translating the blues through so many decades. Yet in hearing merely a few notes of The Shane Pruitt Band, the listener is engulfed in excited passion that is unmistakable, a sound all its own in power, grace and glory.
The devoted sound that is The Shane Pruitt Band takes historically defined musical elements of the blues, gospel, and southern rock and takes it to a new place. The band’s musical accomplishments are even more encompassed and broadened in the multi-layered work that is State of Grace, the band’s long-awaited second studio album. Working over a course of 3 months at Hill Creek Studios outside of Asheville, NC, The Shane Pruitt Band has concocted a wicked cocktail of high-energy blues, dirty deep delta soul, enlightening gospel grace and fiery fretwork from the band’s namesake.
Amongst a snowy setting in wintry Asheville, the band found sounds that are unique to this album alone, while encompassing the natural chemistry of the powerful trio. Shane Pruitt brought in the entire 1968 collection of Fender Amps for the process, utilizing each tool with his wide selection of vintage guitars to create guitar tones that are vast and full. The album features full mixes of two leslies, pulsing the soulful Hammond B3 sounds of Lil’ Jimmy Peterman, who adds touching acoustic piano parts over the humming organ throughout the album. Drummer Bill Fletcher displays disciplined rhythms and amazing vocal overlays to bring the project full circle, all the while displaying his natural songwriting ability that is evident in the album’s title track, State of Grace.
The band also fulfills their sense of musical community in bringing friends and colleagues alike to lend their talents to the multi-faceted work. Tracks like Sally Mae and Thought You Were My Friend explode with the unmistakable scream of sacred steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), who joins the band on three tracks. Graceful backup vocals from Molly Reed Rose and Eleanor Underhill (Barrel House Mamas, Underhill Rose) are evident throughout the work, exemplified on such tracks like You Are My Sunshine and State of Grace. And what is a rock and soul album without a 3-piece horn section, made up of members of the Spartanburg and Greenville Philharmonics. The resonating horns ring loud in original compositions such as Done Got Over, and pulse in favorite SPB covers like Same Old Thing. Percussion master Jeff Holland also lends a hand to the already steady beats of Bill Fletcher, fulfilling the layered sound that is the band’s most in depth work to date.
The Shane Pruitt Band takes their release State of Grace on the road with them all summer and fall, and plans to bring all new elements to their live show in supporting this special work. Taking the soulful elements of humble talents and an electrifying musical relationship, The Shane Pruitt Band truly embarks on their current journey in a state of



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