By Scott Graves
Pilot staff writer
After years of toiling in the underbelly of the Los Angeles music scene, my cousin Joel Graves is perched on the edge of rock stardom.
He's a singer and guitarist with a fledgling quintet called Everest.
The alternative-country rock band recently signed their first recording contract with Neil Young's Vapor Records and released their first CD "Ghost Notes" last Tuesday. That night, the band performed songs during a CD release party at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
The band is also scheduled to perform several songs in New York on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on May 16.
This summer they will tour the country by van and then head to Europe where they will perform at several large musical festivals with the likes of Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Supergrass and Crowded House.
One music reviewer described Everest's sound as "easy going countrified rock and roll."
Another writer said the band's sound "harks back to The Byrds and Neil Young mixed with something along the lines of Pink Floyd."
Yet another writer said, "The album's opening track Rebels In The Roses' best captures Everest's earnest, folk-tinged essence. Sprawling acoustic guitars are fortified by lightly-distorted, meticulously strummed licks and fervent melodies are neatly sewn together with sporadic additions of Hammond organ."
Nice reviews. You can check out Everest's music and videos at www.myspace.com/everestlads.
This is the my cousin's big shot at stardom. I'm thrilled and hope the band is a big success. Go out and buy the CD!
On a much, much lower rung of the musical ladder, I will be playing percussion with friend and keyboardist Horst Wolf at today's Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Brookings. In fact, a number of talented, local musicians will be playing at various galleries during the event and I encourage everyone to check it out (see story and map of venues on Page 2B).
As a member of "Horst Wolf and Friends" I've been performing at the art walk for many months now and I just want to thank those who've complimented us on our music. As an amateur percussionist, the praise is appreciated. And I'm thrilled that some people recognize me because they saw Horst Wolf and Friends play on local television station KBSC and not for my role at this newspaper.
Playing music is a wonderful experience and I invite others to join in. A drum circle is scheduled during today's art walk, starting at 6 p.m., as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Art Walk Alley the first Brookings alley to receive a name. I will bring some extra percussion instruments and everyone no matter what rung of the musical ladder you stand on are welcome to join us. We'll be playing in the alley between Words and Pictures and the Curry Coastal Pilot.
Let's have some fun!