With classic Americana-tinged rock & roll steeped in the blue-collar charm of their hometown, Chicago’s Fletcher Rockwell has been building a loyal fanbase throughout the Midwest since 2009. From humble beginnings at dive bars and late-night house parties, the band has since graduated to the biggest stages in Chicago, including legendary venues like House of Blues, Metro, Joe’s on Weed, Cubby Bear and Double Door. While widely known for their spellbinding original songs, the group is also revered for clever versions of the most popular cover music, spanning everything from vintage Tom Petty and The Band to contemporary roots revivalists the Lumineers, Dawes and Mumford & Sons.
Fletcher Rockwell’s latest release, Urban Heartland, finds the band conjuring the spirit of a bygone era, when classic anthems like ‘’Take It Easy’’ and ‘’The Weight’’ ruled radio airwaves across the nation with big hooks, sparkling harmonies and stellar musicianship. In the first single off the new record, ‘’Too Much to Drink’’, the group boldly mixes the clap-and-shout acoustic rush of modern Americana with the classic rock & roll of 70’s AM gold.
Given their penchant for playing big country hits like ‘’Friends in Low Places’’ and ‘’Chicken Fried’’, the band even throws some cowboy flavor into Urban Heartland with sing-along romps ‘’Dance All Night’’ and ‘’Jenny, You’re the One’’. They aren’t afraid to dial it back, either - the group’s mellow folky side shines through in the Laurel Canyon sparkle of ‘’Change Everything’’ and the laidback front-porch vibe of ‘’Want You to Know’’. Urban Heartland closes out with the raucous boogie of ‘’Scorpion Woman’’, a Jason Aldean-inspired homage to wild nights and crazy love.
It’s an unforgettable party whenever Fletcher Rockwell rolls into town. Catch the band on tour throughout the Midwest in 2015.