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Let there be Light

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“…feels like Wilco, John Hiatt and Long Ryders: country-splashed melodies with a rock sensibility …balanced by sharp playing that’s full of feeling.” – Bill Kopp, Musoscribe

“Let There Be Light goes full-on Americana… good songs performed with verve and skill, unfailing taste and a strong sense of melody.” – Michael Toland, Austin City Limits/TBTO

 “Empire of Light, like The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo, sound like ’80s punk was the foundation from which they built the country twang upon.”  – Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

EMPIRE OF LIGHT

 

Drawing inspiration from the first wave of alternative country (early WilcoAlejandro Escovedo, The Waco Brothers & Whiskeytown), as well as traditional country and rock (Neil YoungThe Band, The Faces The Stones), Brooklyn-based Empire of Light  brings together members of seminal Upstate roots-rockers Subduing Mara – frontman Peter Hutchison & guitarist Brian Wilkens - with ace rhythm section and veteran sidemen Keith Robinson (Marcia BallCharlie Robison, Charlie Sexton) & Dan Green (Mike Viola, Sam Bisbee, The Honey Brothers, The Silos).

EOL’s debut release “Let There Be Light” produced by Andris Balins(Lana Del Rey, Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger and The Moonlandingz, Fat White Family) and band member Keith Robinson, evokes equal parts rural Upstate New York and urban old-school Brooklyn.  The end result is a distillation of timeless, original New Traditionalist Americana Rock.

A constant presence on college radio and the CMJ charts in the 90’s, Subduing Mara built a name for themselves through their electrifying live shows – earning them critical praise as “The best band you never heard of”, and “enough to justify belief in Rock'n'Roll". Music critics have credited the band as an influential voice in the Alt Country/Roots Rock revival – echoing the work of contemporaries Uncle Tupelo(Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy & Sun Volt’s Jay Farrar) and Ryan Adam’s Whiskeytown.

Over the past 2 decades Hutchison has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums - including the Village Voice Music Critics Year's Best/Top 10 AlbumNo Cure for Life” (as Lucas Shine) with Miracle Legion founder Mr. Ray Neal. His output has been graced by contributions from a host of NY session luminaries,who have worked with the likes of The Georgia SatellitesLynyrd SkynyrdPaul WesterbergHemRyan AdamsThe BandCarly Simon, Art Garfunkel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Greg Allman BandSpyro Gyra,The Mingus Big Band, Ray Charles, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Linda RonstadtThe Silos, Graham Parker, John Dee Graham and Syd Straw

 

 
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