King Radio, which blends elements of Americana, soul, country and rock, on Oct. 16 released its debut album and will perform two album-release shows this weekend at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 in New York (185 Orchard St.). After the initially announced Friday show sold out, the band added a second performance for Saturday. Tickets for the Saturday show are available via Ticketfly.
The band – Justin King (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano), A.J. Jump (drumms) and Mark Kiesinger (bass) – reorded the 12-song album with Grammy-winning producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers) at his PLYRZ Studios near Los Angeles in Valencia, Calif. A successful Kickstarter campaign raised enough funds for the band to co-produce the record with Scott. The recording also features 18 guest musicians.
According to a press release: “Prior to the formation of King Radio, Justin King traveled the world as a solo guitarist and later as a war photographer. He was twice embedded with the U.S. Military in Iraq, and went on to cover a combative election, subsequent rioting and a cholera epidemic in Haiti. ‘Those experiences altered my perspective in ways that I hadn’t anticipated,’ he says. ‘They allowed me to see some of the best and the worst of humanity, and to really get a better appreciation for the breadth of the human experience. It probably hardened me to some degree but I think it also made me more empathetic to the struggles we all go through.'”