By ROB DUGUAY
The music pageant season is again in full drive after a yr in hibernation because of COVID-19. In Rhode Island, the constructive feeling of dwell music in an outside setting is definitely bringing us again to normalcy. We’ve had festivals happen all around the state thus far this summer season with a pair extra on the best way, a kind of is FloodFest that’ll be occurring as soon as once more at Little Rhody Vasa Park in Foster on August 14 at 12pm. This version has one other stacked lineup that includes Boston jazzy funk rock act SixFoxWhiskey, Providence instrumental funk dynamos Slurp, native jam band Oblivious Fools, Connecticut blues & soul artist Greg Sherrod, native rock trio The Infinite Groove and New England nation artist Nick Bosse together with his backing band The Northern Roots. Another act that will likely be on the invoice is Back Rhodes, a country-rock band from Northern Rhode Island who’ve turn out to be a staple of the pageant over the previous few years.
I lately had a chat with Back Rhodes vocalist and guitarist Jesse Desorcy about acting on TV a couple of months in the past, placing a brand new EP out, performing gigs and why people ought to come to FloodFest.
Rob Duguay: 2021 began off fairly massive for you with you competing on The Voice on NBC again in March. How was the expertise of being part of it?
Jesse Desorcy: For me, that have was as soon as in a lifetime. I don’t assume I’m going to return on the present as a result of it was out of my consolation zone to say the least however, , it was an enormous publicity. I don’t assume I’d have gotten that form of publicity anyplace else, it was simply superior to be trustworthy.
RD: I’m glad you bought to take pleasure in it. You additionally launched the EP Eighty-Five Sharp later that month, the place did you report it and did you’ve a selected imaginative and prescient going into making it or had been you simply making an attempt to get some songs on the market that you just had for a very long time that weren’t recorded but?
JD: With Eighty-Five Sharp, I had at all times wished to make and report some music independently from Back Rhodes. After The Voice, we had been nonetheless in quarantine and I had a while on my arms so 5 of the songs on the report I had written all of them inside a month by means of the winter. I set myself up at residence, I had at all times struggled with writing previously but it surely was a enjoyable course of truly. I recorded it with a pal of mine within the basement and I despatched it to No Boundaries Studios in North Kingstown for the blending and the whole lot. I’m tremendous pleased with the way it got here out contemplating how I set it up for myself.
RD: It’s cool that you just had been capable of get it carried out in such a brief period of time.
JD: Yeah, undoubtedly.
RD: Speaking of Back Rhodes, you guys have been the constant act throughout FloodFest each August for the previous few years so do you and the band have any position in placing collectively the lineup or does another person deal with that?
JD: Obviously we’re a giant a part of the music group up in Northern Rhode Island. Our good pal Kyle Hardendorf runs the pageant, he places the whole lot collectively and will get the bands. We had been truly purported to take this yr off, he’s tried placing us on each different yr and when he does we’re normally headlining which is nice. He was placing collectively the record for this yr and he requested me for strategies for bands and I really useful my buddy Nick Bosse & The Northern Roots to play and SixFoxWhiskey. Once he advised me that he had gotten each these bands, I requested him if Back Rhodes may open the day so we may take pleasure in the remainder of the day with all the music.
There’s a lot expertise on the pageant and the kicker this yr is that it’s my thirtieth birthday celebration. This yr’s pageant is similar day as my birthday.
RD: Awesome, that’s incredible. Outside of the band you additionally play solo at quite a lot of eating places and bars round Rhode Island and Massachusetts. How would you describe the ambiance of those gigs on this post-pandemic world we’ve entered this summer season?
JD: I’ll say that the people who find themselves popping out to the gigs have been nice and each gig has been spectacular this yr. Whether they’re acoustic, people or with Back Rhodes, everybody who has come to the gigs has been very appreciative of the music and simply to be out once more. That goes each methods, even when it’s not a full bar or a full venue I received a smile on my face the entire time as a result of I’m having fun with it as a lot because the folks there are and I missed it as a lot as they did. It’s a giant social gathering and everyone seems to be comfortable to be there.
RD: That’s nice to listen to. You simply talked about that this yr’s FloodFest goes to be your thirtieth birthday celebration, however for anyone who doesn’t know who you might be and doesn’t know concerning the event, what’s a great cause for them to hit up the pageant?
JD: If you want to bounce and have enjoyable, there’s going to be meals and drinks and the bands are completely out of this world. There’s some massive expertise coming by means of and it’s a terrific day that’s been happening for years now. I’m grateful to be a part of it with everyone and in case you like enjoyable, you wish to come out of your home then come out.