Virginia-based rock duo, Illiterate Light, is heading out on a massive U.S. 42-show tour that extends over 20 cities between June and December of this year.
Having released their latest album, Sunburned, earlier this year, Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran are ready to share their songs across the country including festival appearances at the In Between Days Festival in Quincy, MA, and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA. They will also be supporting The Head and the Heart in Charlottesville at the Ting Pavillion on July 11th, so for our more Virginia-based folks, be sure to get your tickets now.
If you want to get a taste of the band’s old school, blues rock sound, be sure to check out their new Audiotree Live Session featuring their mix of songs and interview breaks. There is a nice sense of soul in the vocals and instrumentation that feels lively. The energy is heightened even by a Cochran who plays drums while standing up allowing the pair to interact more directly as they plow through electric vibrations. It’s exciting to watch, and I imagine it’s even better to experience live rather than through YouTube.
Again, for our DMV readers, there will be plenty of opportunities to see Illiterate Light in-region throughout the Fall and Winter, so be sure to check out the official tour dates, put Sunburned on your summer playlists, and make some plans to see them in action soon at a venue near you.
Find “Light Me Up” from Sunburned can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”