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‘Ballast Band’ to release debut album Saturday

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Members of “The Ballast Band” are Matt Williams, guitar and vocals; Frank West, keyboards and vocals; Ken Gibson, drums; and Charles Records, bass guitar and vocals. The group’s songs come out of their real-life experiences as people in the prime of their lives trying to balance work, family, and some late-night marauding.

The rock group “The Ballast Band” of Gloucester will release its debut album, “Constellation,” at a 7 p.m. concert on Saturday, July 26, at Gloucester Arts on Main, 6850-B Main St., Gloucester. Tickets are $5, and the album will be available for $12.

“With its strong harmonies, upbeat instrumentals and universally themed lyrics, The Ballast Band has been making audiences feel good throughout Eastern Virginia for the past two years. Decidedly home-grown, the band’s original music is rock ’n roll with a hint of blues and funk,” said a band spokesperson. 

Members of the band are Matt Williams, guitar and vocals; Frank West, keyboards and vocals; Ken Gibson, drums; and Charles Records, bass guitar and vocals. Williams and West are a combination of self-taught and classically-trained musicians on their first foray into a rock ensemble, while Gibson and Records both played in bands during college.

A free download of one of the bands original songs, “Leaving California,” is available to the public at http://www.facebook.com/theballastband

Following the July 26 release party, the entire album will be available for purchase at http://www.TheBallastBand.com, http://www.facebook.com/theballastband, iTunes, Spotify, and AmazonMP3.

Call Gloucester Arts on Main at 824-9464 for more information. 

posted 07.23.2014

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