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The Silks are an earnest roots rock band originally from Providence, Rhode Island. You could say The Silks are currently the hardest working DIY band on the North East Circuit, if not the Eastern Seaboard.  With two consecutive Boston Music Awards for “Blues Artist of the Year”, a solid catalogue of self released music, merchandise and a rigorous tour schedule, The Silks are slowly but surely carving their own way through unbeaten paths in order to achieve their rightful place on the world stage.

With a diverse group of unique members, The Silks combines a variety of musical influences that broadens the band’s appeal to a wide audience of music fans, both on and off stage. And when it comes to rock n’ roll folklore, The Silks have absolutely no shortage of remarkable and valuable life experiences to share. 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 and ears open for The Silks coming to a stage 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 With two consecutive Boston Music Awards under their belts for “Blues Artist of the Year” 2016 & 2017, The Silks celebrated with the release of their third album Live! Bootleg featuring fan favorites from both studio albums.

As of 2022, The Silks have recorded a yet to be released LP.

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