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|A Journey on Morgan's Road with Topics in Love|
Morgan’s Road’s latest release, Topics of Love, is a Jam band gem… a musical journey juxtaposing funk, southern rock and a touch of pop.
“This is a blend of everything that is the best in American rock-induced music.” - Rick Jamm, JamSphere
(FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.) SEPTEMBER 17th, 2015 –Standing at a musical crossroads, where funk-fueled Southern rock and pop collide you’ll find Morgan’s Road. Made up of five superb musicians,Morgan’s Road is one of the nation’s top rising Jam bands. Their latest release, Topics of Love is a fifteen-track journey through a surge of inimitable styles. Within the all-original songs, Morgan’s Roaddisplays their incendiary sound that the rest of the world has only started to discover.
Topics of Love is an amalgamation of genres that blend flawlessly and reflect the unique musical backgrounds of the close-knit band members. Radio stations are raving, and critics have already taken notice of Topics of Love.There are riveting reviews that place Morgan’s Road up there at the level of acts such asRed Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band.
Part of the appeal of the new album, as well as Morgan’s Road high-octane live shows is the exceptionally gifted musicians that make up the group. “It’s a collaborative camaraderie of pure talent,” offers managerSara Knight. The band’s front man and acoustic guitarist, Ben Woodruff, rounds out this powerhouse with his top-notch vocal prowess and lyrical craft. Vocalist and lead guitar guru Cameron Allen and Bassist Matt Chmielecki adapt instantly across styles with their searing strings. Keyboardist/percussionist Justin Banks, Tyler Perry’s drums and vocals along with Jeff Springs on lap steel and electric round out the members of Morgan Road. The result is a band with the ability to tackle any of their performances with passion and perfection.
The entire band played a part in the composition of all the tracks onTopics in Love. The key tracks on the album have a funky, amiable attitude, such as “Sugar on Your Lips.” A pure Southern-fried, Skynyrd-ish feel appears in “Turn Its Back on You.” Red Hot Chili Peppers fans will dig the fast-flowing “Dang Diggity” and “Love Song” is a perfect example of the kinetic energy of the band. If you want to take a fast ride onto the Jam band circuit, take a journey through Topics of Love, this is a surreal synergy of Southern rock.
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Morgan’s Road is a funk-infused jam band representing the best of South Carolina's sultry rock sound. Featuring frontman Ben Woodruff, master-class guitarist Cameron Allen, bassist Matt Chmielecki, drummer/vocalist Tyler Perry, Justin Banks on keyboards and percussion and Jeff Springs on lap steel and electric. The members of Morgan's Road are noted for their outstanding musicianship and camaraderie in sharing stage with other bands and special guests.
Like many bands today, Morgan’s Road is a collaborative effort between artists who wear varied professional hats to maintain their momentum. In spite of this, they share a passion for all things related to music and an all-hands-on-deck mentality for establishing the band’s presence on the jam band circuit.
Ben, Tyler, Cameron, Justin, Matt and Jeff have decades of collective performing experience, each with past engagements and bands throughout the Southeast. From jam band and beach music to straight-ahead jazz, bebop, Southern rock, fusion and progressive, this mix is evident in their sound. The band routinely gigs at local clubs, notable venues and regional festivals. Together and while working in other bands, they have opened for many well-established artists, including Bob Weir & RatDog, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, John Scofield, Steve Winwood, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sister Hazel, Kellie Pickler, Colt Ford, Lee Brice, The Marshall Tucker Band, Devon Allman and Lady Antebellum.
The origins of the band were borne out of the passing of a longtime bandmate, bassist Chris Deaver, who was in the Kingstreet Band. In honor of their friend’s memory, Kingstreet and the Cameron Allen Trio came together as one band under the name Morgan’s Road. Soon after, Justin joined on having stepped down from the heavy tour circuit with the King Hippo band, and together, they bring an energy on stage that is palpable and a sound that resonates with fans whether they are playing to a crowd of a few hundred or over 23,000.
In 2015, they debuted their first album, Topics of Love, and have received outstanding reviews and accolades from fans and critics alike. Topics of Love is available on iTunes, Amazon, SoundCloud, Rhapsody, Virgin Mobile, Spotify and Google Play Music.