CDs: The Late Show, Dorado, Firedancer, Red Chamber Music, Animals, Loss and Love, Playground, etc.
Son Of The Velvet Rat celebrate the glorious elusiveness and the sweet heartbreak of song by releasing a new live record, “The Late Show”, for their US label Fluff & Gravy/Mint400.
Their 2017-release, “Dorado”, produced by Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco), featured a mix ofHi-Desert musicians and L.A. stalwarts, as well as guest vocals from brilliant singer-songwriter Victoria Williams. The record received rapturous reviews and topped myriad year-end-critics’ polls.
“The Late Show” is a souvenir from their extensive 2017 tour. The album was recorded at three venues, the Rhiz in Vienna/Austria, Scheune in Wredenhagen/ Germany and The Studio Venue in beautiful downtown Burbank/CA. The ambiance is passionate, sweat-soaked and electric. Highlights include an epic “Sweet Angela,” a brooding version of “Copper Hill,” the pulsing Psychedelia of “Surfer Joe” and the world-weary ache of “Franklin Avenue.”
SotVR weaves a sonic tapestry of disparate influences that is best described as Folk Noir, while being thoroughly unique in every aspect. No wonder everyone from Americana U.K. to Lucinda Williams to Palm Springs Life and Magnet magazine is singing their praises. “The Late Show” offers a perfect introduction to their sui generis sound.
Eleni P. Austin