Reviews

The Great Affairs


The third release from their latest LP ‘Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt’, “Worn Out Souls” is a moody, piano-driven number that finds drummer Kenny Wright taking over on lead vocals, and delivering a soulful, gritty rumination on the gut check faced by so many aging musicians, of slowly coming to terms with the realization that the window to their dreams may well be closed and painted shut.

The video was produced and directed by Scott Moore, who helmed their previous clip for “I’m Alright”.

Bio:

“…the instant hooks and melodies of Cheap Trick, with the Americana of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…”
-Screamer Magazine

In June of 2018, Kivel Records released The Great Affairs’ ‘Ten & 2’. That record found the band pursuing a more muscular, guitar-heavy sound, owing as much to their Classic Rock forebears as formative efforts had to the Singer/Songwriter model. Inspired perhaps by their 2017 covers EP ‘Six Pack’, where the band mined and re-imagined gems from ‘70s FM stalwarts like Thin Lizzy, Fleetwood Mac, and Cheap Trick, the collection openly embraced their various influences to create a sound both comfortably familiar and refreshingly its own.

“This is a band who know exactly who they are and where they come from…. and therein lies their greatness.” -Melanie Henderson, Wildside Music

After a handful of singles, and frontman Denny Smith’s second solo LP ‘From The Dark’ in 2019, the band returned in the final quarter of 2020 with a new full-length offering. ‘Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt.’ runs the gamut, possibly covering more ground sonically and stylistically in its 10-song arc than all of their previous releases combined.

“The Great Affairs is a rock ‘n’ roll band. You get it all: Classic Rock, Power Pop, Roots Rock, Southern Rock…when you think you are hearing Cheap Trick, The J. Geils Band, The Bottle Rockets and Bad Company at the same time, you are probably a good listener.” 
-Patrick Donders, Sweet Sweet Music

Teaming once again with Grammy-winning mixer and engineer Michael Saint-Leon(Buddy Guy, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram), along with Joshua Ketchmark to produce the album, the band made use of the year’s unfortunate circumstances, occupying their quarantine downtime with remote recording sessions at various home studios, and gradually building demo tracks into fully realized arrangements. This process; while logistically problematic at times, resulted in some unique collaborations, and what is arguably their most polished release to date.

“‘Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt’ will fall on your ears like gravy on a biscuit. Traditional style songwriting and a raw, big band sound. This album should tickle your fancy if you love the classics like the Stones, Black Crowes, Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and all things downright dirty.” Bryan Blake, Vinyl Lollipops

THE GREAT AFFAIRS are:

Denny Smith: vocals, guitars, harmonica
Corey “Rizzo” Rozzoni: lead guitar, vocals
Matt Andersen: bass, vocals
Kenny Wright: vocals, drums, percussion

“Classic American rock ‘par excellence’ emanates from Nashville’s The Great Affairs; think hooky choruses and guitar lines, classy songwriting, top-notch arrangements and fine musicianship.” -Simon Lambert, Ballroom Blitz

The Great Affairs have shared the stage with Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Loverboy, Cowboy Mouth, The Wild Feathers, LIT, Nelson, Jack Russell’s Great White, Firehouse, Trixter, Bulletboys, Enuff Z’Nuff, John Corabi(The Dead Daises/Motley Crue), Steven Adler(GNR), The Quireboys, Loudness, Mike Tramp(White Lion), Eric Martin(Mr. Big), Walter Egan, Head East, Every Mother’s Nightmare, L.A. Guns, Lillian Axe, and Alien Ant Farm, among others, including the one & only Corey Feldman…but that’s a story for another time.
“..a surefire cure for your ailing rock n’ roll heart”-Eric Allen, Modern Songwriter

The Great Affairs – Worn Out Souls

The Great Affairs – I’m Alright

The Great Affairs – Lyvia

The Great Affairs – Break Me Down

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