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The Silks are a true grit rock and roll band out of Providence, Rhode Island. You could say The Silks are the rock and roll band from Providence. With two consecutive Boston Music Awards for “Blues Artist of the Year” 2016 and 2017  The Silks are well on their way to achieving a rightful place in rock n roll history, or at least folklore. Wait ’til you read the book, you can’t make this sh*t up!

The Silks deliver honest sounds of the blues-based rock n roll variety. You’ve got guitar pyrotechnics galore from frontman Tyler-James Kelly. Chicken-pickin’ or taking a soaring lead break, it’s quickly apparent Kelly is on a whole’nother level. It makes you wonder just when did he get his first real six-string? Then there’s the voice. Bluesy, however you want to describe it, it just sounds like ripping a telephone book in half and feels like scratching a really good itch.

“I never wanted to be a solo artist, with a backing band,” says Kelly. “You can always get pros who can play behind you. But it doesn’t have the organic feel of a band. I don’t know what it is about playing with these cats. But we all totally lock in when we play. At the end of the day, we’re just a bunch of animals who want to rock. It’s not a careerist thing. We got together so we could f*ckin’ play music together.”  – Tyler-James Kelly

The Silks nail down the groove with its rhythm section of Uncle Sam Jodrey on drums, Jonas Parmelee on bass and Johnny Trama on rhythm and lead guitar. Fast songs, slow songs, it doesn’t matter. For this humble group of seasoned players, it’s all about the dance floor, and with the right chemistry, the dance floor reciprocates.

The Silks have successfully supported a wide variety of national touring artists such as The Replacements  in 2015, Rocky Erickson, Wanda Jackson, Dirty Heads, The Drive-By Truckers, Black Joe Lewis, Deer Tick, The Sadies, The Sheepdogs, Marcus King Band 2016, Patrick Sweany, Kenny Wayne Shepherd 2017,  G Love & Special Sauce and Marshall Tucker Band in 2018.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for The Silks coming to a theater near you!

Last American Band -DownloadWith the release of their Paul Westerberg produced debut album, Last American Band at the tail end of 2013, The Silks continued building on their following with constant gigs throughout 2014. All kinds of gigs. With a work ethic as old-school as their whole vibe, most of their shows are of the “all nighter” variety.

 

 

The Silks 'Turn Me On'After two more years of touring, writing and recording, the second album Turn Me On produced by The Silks & Steve Rizzo proved there was still plenty of fuel left in the tank. Released in the summer of 2015, their sound matured while the gigs progressed as captured in the video for “Live And Learn”.

 

 

the silks live bootleg As of 2018 with two consecutive Boston Music Awards under their belts for “Blues Artist of the Year” 2016 & 2017, The Silks are currently celebrating the release of their third album Live! Bootleg featuring fan favorites from both studio albums. The Silks return to the studio in October 2018!

 

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