The Dallas based band Mellowship is set to release its self-titled debut album Friday, September 5 at Club DaDa—one of the premiere venues for original live music in Dallas. The freshman effort is eagerly anticipated by fans who know the band from their energetic live performances.

"They are a cool band," says DaDa's Beard, who has been dealing with local bands for twenty years at the Deep Ellum club. "They have an intricate dynamic without stepping all over each other, which a lot of bands try to do but fail miserably."

Guitarist Steve Porcari sets the tone for the event: "We are not trying to become the next big thing or set the musical world on fire or anything like that, which is something I think our fans identify with. We just want them to have a good time, hopefully leaving with a Mellowship tune stuck in their heads. Now our fans can enjoy those tunes [on the album] after the memory of the live show has faded."

Event promoter Jeff Lagrone adds: "Don't let these guys fool you into thinking they do anything less than ROCK! Their mainstream appeal is evident in their songwriting and polished delivery, and they are always striving for the highest energy performance possible. I can't wait for the release."

Asked how the new album compares to Mellowship's live shows, drummer Pablo replies: "We worked hard to be prepared for the recording process as if it was a live show and we only had one shot at getting it right. We didn't focus on putting elements in that we couldn't reproduce on stage. I think overall the album is representative of the way we play."

Mellowship has been performing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and throughout Texas since 2000 to a wide range of audiences. Asked about the possibility of mainstream success, longtime fan Brian Whitson replies: "I think one of the reasons they fit in with the jam band scene is because they are difficult to categorize. You can hear rock, country, jazz, or a blend of styles in any one show. They reward the musicians who just want to sit down and listen, but somehow at the same time they get the jam band fans up and dancing."

"We're really excited about the album and the event," says singer Dan Walker. "We’re going to have guest musicians from other local bands sit in with us as well as some other surprises."

There will be a $5 cover at the door, or $12 for entrance to the event and a Mellowship CD.

For more information contact: Steve Porcari steve@mellowship.net and/or visit www.mellowship.net

[Published on: 8/19/03]

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