First impressions are everything in the music business, which is why Chattanooga’s Smooth Dialects spent so much time on their debut release.
The band—a mix of soulful R&B/jazz/funk/dance—will debut their self-titled release on Friday, Sept. 13 at Rhythm & Brews. Tickets are $10. CDs will available for a special discounted price of $12 at the show.
"In the music business, you have one shot," according to Maria Sable, lead vocalist. "That’s why we never put out demos or recordings. We wanted our first effort to be our best."
Maria formed the band with her husband, Josh Sable, a guitarist, just a few years ago.
"All of our really talented musician friends had big projects," she said. "And then we thought, 'We can write music, too.' It’s going to be feel-good. We just wanted to party with everybody."
What: Smooth Dialects CD release party
When: Friday, Sept. 13, 10 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $10
For tickets: Click here
As the daughter of the late composer Vakhtang Jordania, Maria is a classically trained pianist. Josh is a self-taught guitarist, known for his rich, layered tones and virtuosic displays.
With a foundation any band would envy, the couple started adding players to build the band they wanted.
Ryan Crabtree, a UTC music major, joined the band on bass guitar. Michael Royer and Josh Dunlap form the necessary horn section for a soul/funk band, playing trumpet and saxophone, respectively. Golden Styles, a music student at UT-Knoxville, adds harmonic piano/keys. Chris Smith lays down the heavy grooves on percussion.
"We needed strong forces," Maria said. "What’s fun is that everybody is a music major, which is great because it makes it so much fun to play."
The band recorded the debut over the course of a week. They recorded with Taylor Lonardo, bassist for the jazz/funk band Great Barrier Reef. The album was recorded, mastered and produced in Nashville.
"A lot of things we wrote that are on the album were written on the spot in the studio," Maria said. "Mistakes became part of the songs. I’m really excited about the release ... All of the songs have changed so much."
With the album, Maria is planning to take the band on the road. This weekend, the band will perform on Friday night, as well as on Saturday as a part of Riverfront Nights, opening for the Alan Evans Trio. Later that night, they’ll travel to Murfreesboro for another show.
She said you can expect Friday’s release party to be out of control.
"Expect a big, epic, awesome, face-melting, funky, fun show," she said. "It’s going to be huge. I would come out just to see the lights."
Maria also encourages a theme for Friday’s party.
"I want people to come dressed as their favorite ‘F’ word—freaky, frightening, fabulous," she said.
Tickets are available in advance.
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