In Nov. 14 IssueRussell County News
“What do you make of me,” is the question Gravel Switch is asking and there are a number of people who are answering, “Great.”
The local band Gravel Switch includes Josh Pierce on guitar, David Chapman on bass, Charlie Payne on drums and Seth Wade as the lead vocalist.
They won last month’s Country Ham Days Miller Lite Battle of the Bands and have been in Pendlwood Studios in Atlanta since then finishing up their “What do You Make of Me” album.
Pierce said Fidelity Entertainment may soon sign them to their label and they may be touring more widely than they are now.
This week the band is to appear Saturday at the Jamestown Center and next weekend on the 21.st
Though he resisted the concept of classifying their music Pierce said they were modern alternative rock.
“We play a wide scope of music,” Pierce explained. “We’ll play some pretty hard stuff and then we’ll break out the acoustic guitars.”
He said there are people traveling from this area to wherever they are playing them and following them closely on the myspace.com/gravelswitch page.
But their fame is spreading, and they are gaining notoriety in the music industry.
“Several of the members of the Kentucky Headhunters made a special trip over to see us,” Pierce said.
He said this is the first time anyone in the band has experienced this kind of success in the field of music.
He works full time for a construction company. Wade and Payne are both auto body workers and Chapman works at Wolf Creek Dam.
Pierce and Chapman have been at it with this band for about 10 years.
It could be soon that those day jobs will have to fall by the wayside as the band tours more, and further especially if music sales start picking up.
“People will be able to download our music from Napster and I-Tunes,” Pierce said. “And of course they can buy the CDs at our shows.”