Atlanta-based Wayside Riders' momentum (similar to their sound) is full-steam ahead with a national debut show scheduled in Flagstaff, AZ at the Orpheum Theater, February 28, 2004. With no rest in between, the band launches into a southeast regional spring tour immediately following their return to Atlanta (March, April, and May 2004). These national and regional show announcements coincide with the release of the group's first album, Grey, produced by Southern Living at Its Finest Studios, Atlanta, and scheduled for release this month (February 2004).

Double Drum Attack of Wayside Riders
Romin Dawson (vocals/guitar), Preston Holcomb (drums), and Rick Welsh (drums)--all former members of The Grapes, an impressive jam band with nearly a decade of national touring experience. Dawson and Preston formed The Grapes along with additional founding member Charlie Landsdorf in the Summer of 1986. The Grapes were widely popular and enjoyed a heavy touring schedule across the country during the mid 80s to late 90s, sharing the stage with such legendary acts as Widespread Panic, Phish, The Black Crowes, Iron Butterfly, and Merle Saunders, among many others. This prolific band produced four albums to their credit during their run and officially disbanded in 1997.

The Grapes' sound was once described by Tampa, Florida's Weekly Planet as "...driving down Grateful Dead Boulevard and taking a right on Allman Brothers Avenue." (Mahfouz, Daily Cougar, Houston, TX)

As for Wayside Riders, they offer a brand of jam-rock with amazingly fresh, intelligent lyrics led primarily by Dawson (known for such memorable tunes with The Grapes as "Been Gone Too Long" (co-wrote), "If You've Got a Gun," "Mama Flew," and others. With three guitars, two drum kits, and one keyboardist, the Wayside Riders' sound is steeped in good 'ol southern "jam band" tradition, while at the same time offering up a richness in lyrics and a hard-driving rock core the more astute music fan of this genre can truly appreciate.

When asked of the group's future plans, bassist Andy Lester, with a charming smile and a twinkle in his eye, responds, "...Same thing we do every night, Take over the world!"

Additional members of the band include Robert Nichols, a keyboardist with a long history on the Atlanta jam band scene. Notable bands Nichols has played with include Tree and Endorphin. Jason "Lefty" Williams, lead guitarist, recently joined Wayside Riders this past November 2003. Lefty was the founding member of Nothin' Simple, a local Atlanta band that has enjoyed a heavy local following and substantial regional touring success during its livelihood. According to Lefty, the new album Grey is "one of the best albums I've heard in a long time--even if I'm not on it."

Yes, with this experienced band's fast rise in popularity on the local scene in Atlanta, coupled with the group's new album Grey and a national debut at the Orpheum in Flagstaff, AZ, as well as a spring tour on the books for the Southeast, perhaps world domination is on the horizon for Wayside Riders.

Arizona Tour Dates
2.27 | Flagstaff, AZ | Mogollon Brewing Co. (CD Release Party)
2.28 | Flagstaff, AZ | Orpheum Theatre

Southeast Tour Dates
2.20 | Atlanta, GA | Jake’s Toadhouse (CD Release Party)
3.05 | Atlanta, GA | Jake’s Toadhouse
3.13 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar
4.10 | Savannah, GA | JJ Cagney’s
4.17 | Atlanta, GA | Brandyhouse 5.29 | Charleston, SC | Pour House

For more information go to www.waysideriders.net

Genevieve Cole
JamBase | Atlanta
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[Published on: 2/12/04]

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