The West Michigan band has a busy summer with two new albums on the way. The Artist Spotlight and Local Spins on WYCE radio show podcast, including song debuts by Heartsick, Chirp and more.
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The way singer, guitarist and songwriter Nathan Walton sees it, if he and his band “can brighten somebody’s day” then their music is all worthwhile.
Consequently, The Remedy represents the perfect moniker for that West Michigan band.
“The Remedy is such an amazing group of musicians,” Walton says, “and we really like to push the envelope when it comes to making records.”
So much so, that Nathan Walton & The Remedy will release not one, but two, albums later this year – a sophomore double-album project with the titles, “Daybreak” and “Night Drive.”
It’s the follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2021 debut by the eclectic, seven-piece rock band led by the one-time “American Idol” contestant.
“Our songwriting is becoming more intimate,” Walton says of working with keyboardist and fellow tunesmith Colin McCorkle.
“We’re changing as songwriters and we’re a little more personal, I think, now. We haven’t slowed down. … Our sound is still evolving.”
And after a couple of lineup changes, the band – Walton, McCorkle, guitarist Amaad Hardy, saxophonist Mason Viilo, drummer Zach Dubay, bassist Doug Watkins and singer Shelby Andenno – “is solid and it’s living up to its name.”
“I couldn’t be happier with the people I get to jam with,” Walton said.
For this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, Walton debuted two new, yet-to-be-released instrumental tracks from the new project, “Skra-Ga-Benz” and “Give It On Up.” Scroll down to listen to the songs, the interview and full radio show. (View a Parliament Sessions live video performance here.)
VIDEO: Nathan Walton & The Remedy, Parliament Room Sessions
Nathan Walton & The Remedy are among four bands performing for Saturday’s inaugural Rotary Rocks event in downtown Rockford, designed to raise money for Ukrainian relief efforts through Shelterbox. Bands are competing to raise the most money through donations made on the Juke platform, with the winner earning recording time, a Hoxeyville Music Festival performance slot and more.
Walton and his band perform at 4 p.m., followed by Whorled, The Elijah Russ Collective and Melophobix. Read more about this event at Local Spins here.
The Remedy hopes to release “Daybreak” in late September or early October, with “Night Drive” coming out around Christmas. The project is being mastered by Glenn Brown in East Lansing.
Influenced by everything from “lo-fi oldies” to Black Joe Lewis to Chris Stapleton to Rick James and Al Green, The Remedy reflects Walton’s genre-spanning tendencies.
Walton also is a member of the “honky-tonk country” outfit King Possum (with Mark Lavengood, Kyle Brown and Andy Szumowski) and the country, rock, blues, funk and soul ensemble Stone Soup & The Broken Teeth.
Not only that, but Walton serves as music director for the Elevator a Go Go video series and features other artists as part of his residency at Greyline Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids – both ventures aimed at boosting artists’ exposure and helping other musicians.
As for Nathan Walton & The Remedy, the summer is filled with performances beyond Saturday’s Rotary Rocks. The band plays Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids with Kyle Brown & The Human Condition on July 22, Walk the Beat in White Lake on July 23, the Torch Lake Campout on July 30, Grand Haven’s Coast Guard parade on Aug. 5 and Encore 201 in Traverse City on Aug. 19.
This week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE — which centers on local and regional music at 11 a.m. Fridays on WYCE (88.1 FM) and online at wyce.org — also featured tracks by Chirp, Lokella, Desmond Jones (this week’s musician’s pick by Walton), Melophobix, Whorled, Elijah Russ, Heartsick and The Verve Pipe. Listen to the radio show podcast here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE (7/15/22)
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