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CD Review: Elonzo Wesley's To Be True

Independent; Release Date: Sept. 8, 2015



As popular Charlotte indie-rock/alt-country outfit Elonzo slowly disbanded, Jeremy Davis continued to hold the torch as a solo performer. It only makes sense, then, that Davis would rebrand himself as Elonzo Wesley — named after his father, as was the original band — and continue forth as a folk singer-songwriter brandishing the quality lyrical content that drew fans to Elonzo's live shows and recordings — three albums and two EPs. As Davis says, "it's about the truth of the moment and the beauty and sadness of what has passed."

This four-song EP, To Be True, is a stellar quartet fueled by Davis' smooth vocal tone, strong words and simple acoustic backdrop. "Love Me, Be My Friend" uses a tumbling strum as Davis tells the tale of falling in love. "Don't Ask Me" is stunning in its simplicity — "Don't ask me how I'm doing, I'm doing fine," he sings in the somber chorus.

Davis picks up the pace on the title track. There are flourishes of noise around him — electric guitar strums, pedal steel, keyboards, that help fill out the sign and conjure up images of the original Elonzo band's music. The EP's closer, "Know Too Much," slows things down again, bringing forth as much emotion as anything previous in telling the tale of a wanderer passing through.

Overall, it serves as a solid primer to his solo career and what's to come. If you're looking for more, Elonzo Wesley is also featured on a limited-run, split 7" with Sinners & Saints entitled This Ain't No Country Song.

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