By Matt Wickstrom
Nearing the end of their fall tour, Fort Worth, Texas, based sextet Telegraph Canyon made an unscheduled stop in Lexington Tuesday night at Cosmic Charlie’s. The psych-folk group played alongside local acts Zen Highway and Them God Damn Bangs before heading up I-75 to perform at the MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Telegraph Canyon is comprised of Christopher Johnson on lead guitar and vocals, bassist Chuck Brown, violinist Tamara Cauble Brown, drummer Austin Green, guitarist Erik Wolfe, and Bobby Zanzucchi on keys.
When the band jumps into the studio to record, they normally bring a seventh auxiliary member along for the ride too. According to Johnson, the extra band member records and tours with the band to promote the new album, then retreats back to their normal projects soon thereafter.
“It’s nice having new blood around”, said Johnson. “It gives us someone new to learn from and share experiences with. It keeps you on your toes.”
The group recently released their third album, titled “You From Before” at the end of July. In the months following the album’s release, the band has begun ramping up their tour schedule, with hopes of reaching the 150 shows per year mark, up from the 80 or so the band currently plays. According to front-man Johnson, the group plans on returning to the studio once they return home from their current tour.
“Whether or not that’s the end-all-be-all towards a new record or if it’s just another 7″ with some new singles and other songs we’ll wait and see”, said Johnson.
Recently, Telegraph Canyon joined their compadres Polyphonic Spree on several of their tour dates. Polyphonic Spree, a fifteen-piece choral rock group from Dallas hold a tight bond with the group from just up the road in Fort Worth.
Aside from their tours of the northeast and southwest near their Texas home, Telegraph Canyon has also toured the west coast extensively, as well as made the trek performing at stops between Dallas and Chicago on several occasions. Telegraph Canyon has also traveled outside the confines of the U.S. to perform in The Netherlands, a place Johnson says they’ve encountered some of the most loyal music fans around.
“People are hungry to catch music before the festivals there, so if they see you’re going to be playing over there they’ll buy your record and have lyrics memorized by the time the show comes to town”, said Johnson.
The final stop of the group’s fall tour is this Saturday, November 21, at The Demo in St. Louis, Missouri.
Check out Telegraph Canyon’s latest single “Why Let it Go” below, off their album “You From Before”, which resembles a slightly more poppy version of popular Kentucky band My Morning Jacket.
Setlist: 11/17/15 at Cosmic Charlie’s (Lexington, KY)
Wheel to the Garden
Why let it go
Shake your fist
Into the woods