Meet: Back Rhodes
What's in a name? Sometimes, a lot. In just two words we know this about Back Rhodes... They are from Rhode Island, and they are a a little off the beaten path. The band describes their sound as progressive country with hints of Americana and rock sprinkled on top. They were all playing in different projects throughout Rhode Island and eventually met at an open mic night. From there they began playing regularly together. Not only is their sound slightly unorthodox, but 1/3 of the group is blind. Brothers Jesse and Ed Desorcy are both legally blind. Jessie plays banjo, and had to learn to play in about a month. They've certainly faced unusual challenges, and triumphed. Back Rhodes sound is completely unique, yet polished far beyond their years. The music is soulful, the sound is seasoned and the instrumentation is surprisingly sophisticated. I was thoroughly impressed with this 6 piece band. And I'm confident you will be too. But first, let's meet the band:
- Jesse Desorcy- banjo/vocals (from Burrillville, RI)
- Ed Desorcy Jr- bass/vocals (Burrillville, RI)
- Chris Quiray- acoustic guitar Burrillville)
- Antonio Salvatore (AJ)- violin/vocals (Narragansett, RI)
- Jay Coutu- Drums (Glocester)
- Tyler Hill- Electric guitar (Foster)
Back Rhodes Jam
The band recently paid a visit to our Country 102-5 studios to share 2 original songs! I'm happy to turn you on to true talent. Take a look and listen! Here's "Take Another Drink"
Now, "Long Way"
Check out this cool studio recording of Back Rhodes "The Cool Breeze"
- Biggest influences: Chris Stapleton, The Steeldrivers, Sturgill Simpson, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jason Isbel and Charlie Daniels Band
- Opened for: Big and RIch, Frankie Ballard, Jo Dee Messina, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Mallett Brothers and Trent Harmon
- All- time favorite country songs: "Friends in Low Places"- Garth Brooks (Tyler), "Time Bomb" by the Old 97s (AJ), "It Just Comes Natural" by George Strait (Jay), "Don't Take The Girl"-Tim McGraw (Jesse), Charlie Daniels Band-"The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (Chris), and Easton Corbin's "Lovin' You Is Fun" (Ed)
- Current Country 102-5 favs: "Make A Little" by Midland, Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos" and "Greatest Love Story" by LANCO
- Day jobs: Tyler is a carpenter, Jay is an electrical engineer, AJ is a property manager, Chris is a solar consultant, Ed is studying cyber security and Jesse is a full time musician.
- Most proud moment: Opening up the Cowboy Up Festival in Brockton, and eating ribs with Trent Harmon and his band that day
- Accomplishments: Winning New England Country Music's Country Group of the Year
- Crazy things happen: Playing a rowdy crowd at Loretta's Last Call after a Red Sox win, being drowned out by the crowd singing "Friends In Low Places," while people were fighting at the back of the bar, others making out in the front row, friends arm in arm singing as loud as they could. It was a beautiful mix of emotions and energy in a crowd and those nights we remember playing forever!
- Other fun facts: AJ is a happy dad to a 3 year old who has starred in several commercials, Tyler and Jay are avid mountain bikers and are constantly chasing rough terrain. Jay also brews his own beer, Jesse served in the United States Coast Guard, Chris is an environmental activist and a prominent voice in the local community
On The Rhode
- April 13- Station Eight, Marshfield, MA
- April 28- Rhode Island College Spring Music Festival, Providence
- June 1- Loretta's Last Call, Boston
- June 2- Cady's Tavern, Chepachet, RI
Back Rhode Social
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