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A.J. Roach

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In August of 2003, AJ Roach released his debut full-length album, ‘Dogwood Winter’ on his own New Folkstar Records label. The response to ‘Dogwood Winter’ over the next three years – from hardened critics and music lovers alike – would be overwhelming. The record would prompt eminent songwriter, Tom T. Hall to declare AJ “a true poet”, and to cite one of the songs on ‘Dogwood Winter’ (Hard Bein’ Right) as his “new theme song”. Legendary BBC Radio 2 personality, Bob Harris would place ‘Dogwood Winter’ in regular rotation on his weekend radio show and would later name the record as one of his year-end favorites.

Due for a US release in October on Waterbug records, AJ’s sophomore effort, ‘Revelation’ was recently released on the Lucky Dice label in Europe to an even more astounding reaction from hardened critics and fans. ‘Revelation’ debuted on the Euro-Americana chart at 16 and quickly found it’s way to the 1 spot. With ‘Revelation’, Roach has managed to incorporate such diverse instrumentation as banjo, mandolin, trumpet, trombone, Wurlitzer piano, glockenspiel and accordion, while at the same time staying true to the Appalachian roots that defined his first record.

While the nature of the revelation referred to in the title is more personal than religious, religious imagery is used throughout the record. “Thematically”, says Roach, the record deals with the rift between the person you like to believe you are – or that you want others to believe you are – and the person that you know in your heart of hearts you truly are. I believe that gap exists for most people, but so many of us just aren’t willing to admit it to ourselves. This record is my attempt at being honest with myself about it.”

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  • xXmagicXmooseXx

    I love A.J.'s music. One of the coolest things to me is that he graduated from the same high school as I did and my mother is actually good friends with his brother. :)

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tewtew

    when i found devil may dance i couldnt stop listening to it for months!!!! you are T H E B E S T

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • joliealtshuler

    i don't understand how he was nominated for grammys yet there are under 500 listeners. what gives?

    27 Feb 2008 Reply
  • SmilinSkullRing

    Wow, this guy is great.

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • show2show

    Congratulations A.J., I hear your album COAL has been nominated for three GRAMMYS!!

    17 Oct 2007 Reply

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