Tickets are now available to see The Commoners and Troy Redfern at The Grace.
Possessing a sound tapped from the oaken belly of a whiskey barrel, The Commoners are a 4 piece Roots/Rock outfit from Toronto, Canada. Offering their own blend of a tried and true musical mixture, the group pepper their sound with high-energy riffs, soulful vocals, and rich harmonies that combine to take the listener on a journey through a Southern-style rock experience. The group was cobbled together over the course of a decade, restructuring and adapting through numerous obstacles to form the unit as it exists today: Chris Medhurst (vocals/guitar), Ben Spiller (bass), Ross Citrullo (lead guitar), and Adam Cannon (drums). Often joined by their friend, organist Miles Evan Branagh, The Commoners unite under a shared dream: to write, perform, and share music that is an authentic nod to the greats who paved the way before them. Channeling their deep respect and admiration for Roots/Rock trailblazers, The Commoners incorporate rhythmic stylings inspired by Motown’s groove masters, and emotive vocals akin to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to capture a sound that is very much of the here and now. The Commoners remind us that music has a unique ability to heal, a medicine of extraordinary merit, and balm for the soul during dark times. Every major movement in history gave rise to change makers, and The Commoners are taking their stand, here to lead and inspire us all to find a better way.
It all fits perfectly into Troy Redfern’s world. He’s a passionate, intense, free-spirited indie blues artist whose ferocious slide guitar style twists and turns timeless themes and ideas to his own ends. In the studio, the multi-instrumental slide guitarist and producer is a one-man band who painstakingly pays attention to the minutiae of his tone, the imaginary arrangements and noir-filled lyrics.
He’s a musical visionary unafraid to trample on the boundaries of restricting labels. His talent spans ferocious slide playing, thoughtful production, passionate vocals and an approach to contemporary indie blues that references delta blues roots while turning familiar emotions, themes and riffs from a bygone era into a broad-based contemporary musical template.
His music is physical, engaging and emotive and worthy of hip references like indie blues, except it’s backed up by real substance and stretched to the limit by virtuoso solos. When you listen to Troy Redfern you’re buying into a new world vision where his high-energy approach uncompromisingly hits you in the guts before making a cerebral connection.