What they say…
“A fusion of classic soul and funk!”
Crushed Velvet & the Velveteers is the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist / songwriter / studio engineer and producer Alan Evans, who is also co-founder of the band Soulive. The sound harks back to the classic soul & funk of the 60s and 70s, authentic and raw.
In 2008, while Soulive was on break from touring, Alan spent most of his time recording and mixing bands from around the world in his Western Massachusetts recording studio. “On my days off, I would go into the studio and just play guitar. Before I knew it I had a batch of songs that I knew weren’t Soulive songs. It seemed I had an album on the way but I didn’t want to put it out as Alan Evans. So I came up with Crushed Velvet & the Velveteers. I record a lot of music on my own playing different instruments but I feel like I have a different personality on guitar, bass, drums, etc. Crushed Velvet is my guitar player alter ego”.
Alan released the first Crushed Velvet & the Velveteers album The Big One in May 2011 as a concept movie soundtrack album. Since then, Alan has gone on to release several albums with Soulive, the Alan Evans Trio, Matador Soul Sounds as well as starting the label Vintage League Music.
In 2020, Alan decided to bring Crushed Velvet & the Velveteers back to life and released first single “Good Thang“, a driving funk bumper that features vocal powerhouse Kim Dawson, known for her work with The New Mastersounds. Second single “As Far As We Know“, a soul song dripping with emotion and power and featuring Brother GoodLove on vocals, soon followed, accompanied by a beautiful video.
Pressing plants delays meant the full-length release was postponed, but finally, a year later, album Love & Truth has landed and features an all star line-up of acclaimed guest vocalists on a record that is a little funk/soul gem!