RC and the Nightshades releases new album

Published 9:00 am Friday, July 14, 2017

Local band RC and the NightShades has released its second album titled “Made in the Shade.”

The band is comprised of Ronn “RC” Crowder, Skeets Pennington, Steve Dimartino, Gene “GNO” Noel, Lindsay Olive and Gerald Haile.

Each member brings with them a wealth of varied musical experience. Crowder himself cites his strong Memphis roots as making up a portion of the groups bluesy sound. Haile said his musical inspirations were all local musicians he has played with since his childhood growing up in Winchester.

Frontman Crowder, who plays guitar, harmonica and does lead vocals for the group, said the goal of the album was to put together a collection of classic blues standards.

The album is dedicated to the memory of Jay Flippin, a founding member of the NightShades and the band’s original keyboardist who died in 2014.

The songs on the album were chosen because of the meanings they had to each member of the band, with a consensus vote to determine wha the final track listing will be.

Haile, the newest addition to the band, said the recording was the smoothest he has ever been a part of.

“I’ve been part of recording sessions where we spend two days working on the same part of the same song, eight hours a day,” he said. “This was not like that.”

The cover for the album was donated to the band by Wayne Willis, a painter and fan of the group who often listens to them play live, Crowder said.

Crowder said the album has been submitted for Grammy consideration by the band’s record label, Altus Records.

But for the band, the fame isn’t what’s important, Crowder and Haile said.

“We’re not too concerned with getting rich and famous at our age,” Crowder said. “We’re just in it for the music. It’s not about the money, we just want to put our music out there for people to enjoy.”

The band plays every Saturday at the Backstretch sports bar in Lexington once a week, and is always on the look for other local or regional gigs, Crowder said.

They also regularly play the annual Blues Between the Bridges festival at Proud Mary’s restaurant in Lexington.

The album can be found at CDbaby.com, Amazon.com and the iTunes store. Copies can also be purchased directly from the band.

More information about RC and the NightShades can be found on the group’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RCAndTheNightShades/