Red & the revelers
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Red & the Revelers will release its first single, “Rainy Day Suggestion,” at Cedar Street Social Club on Saturday, April 20.
Band: Red & the Revelers Single Release Party | Date: Saturday, April 20 with doors at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Cedar Street Social Club, 4 N. Cedar St., cedarstreetsocialclub.com
Tickets: $20 available through Eventbrite
Some of the Azalea City’s best and brightest musicians and bands are coming together to celebrate the release of the first single from Red & the Revelers. Before Red & the Revelers take the stage, the crowd will experience a versatile lineup of support.
The OutLawz Brass Band will set the tone for the evening. Abe Partridge will bring raw, musical snapshots of life from his catalog. Azalea City soul diva Symone French will seduce the crowd with her poignant vocals. And The Red Clay Strays plan on keeping things rowdy in preparation for Red & the Revelers.
Currently, Red & the Revelers features a revolving lineup of local talent. For this special evening, singer-songwriter/guitarist Greg “Red” Padilla will bring The Red Clay Strays’ drummer John W. Hall and guitarist Zach Rishel into his mix. Bassist Troy Cooper (John Hall Trio) will keep the low end clean and rhythmic. With experience jamming with everyone from Hank Becker & the Boogie Chillun to Jesh Yancey & The High Hopes, Jef Funk will bring his harmonica to the Revelers’ lineup. Blake Nolte is donating his smooth sax. Erin Tucker will provide backup vocals. Chris Miller, Ross Graham and Colin Beasley of Sergio & the Satin Dogs will complete the Revelers’ lineup.
Red & the Revelers will be introducing the crowd to its first single, “Rainy Day Suggestion.” This anthem to herbal alternatives on a rainy day is a stellar initiation to Padilla’s music. Ragged, jazzy horns pop through the grooving guitar strums and matching beats. Throughout the song, sporadic explosions of Padilla’s signature soul vocals are ushered by smooth waves of emotion.
Growing up, Padilla’s parents immersed him in classic soul sounds, which led him to seek the same vibe for the studio recording of “Rainy Day Suggestion.” To capture that warm, fat analog sound, Padilla traveled to Daphne to work with Adam Holt in Studio 78. He left the studio more than satisfied with Holt’s work. According to Padilla, this song began as a casual, back porch strum with the title “Baby, Let’s Get High.” After discussing the song with his producer Sergio Rangel, Padilla thought the song’s message should be much more subtle.
“A lot of that arrangement of all the different instruments and stuff is Rangel,” Padilla said. “He’s done a really great job with arranging my base songs. We were sitting around, and I was like, ‘That’s too on the nose.’ He was like, ‘How was it when you thought of it?’ I told him that it was a rainy day outside, and it was just a rainy day suggestion.”
While many may see him as a fresh face in the scene, Padilla is no stranger to music. As a child, he discovered the piano. At 15, he shifted from the piano keys to the guitar strings. Eventually, Padilla says that life threw him into a “bad place” that made him lose interest in music. After a marriage, children and divorce, Padilla’s musical dreams seemed impossible. He felt that he was too old to embark on a musical career.
“I went through some depression real bad and gained a lot of weight,” Padilla said. “I just basically gave up. I kept telling myself that it would never happen. I was too old at that point and missed my chance. I let it get the best of me, and it ruled my life for over a decade.”
But two years ago, Padilla’s mindset toward music changed with one great live show. He had wandered into The Brickyard to witness Jennifer Hartswick’s set. Padilla connected with the sonic energy flowing from the stage to the crowd. He says that the combination of the crowd’s enthusiasm and Hartswick’s “crushing” performance inspired him. The show reignited his passion for music.
“All these people were screaming for her,” Padilla said. “I thought to myself, ‘That’s gonna be me.’ I made the decision at that point just to do it. The next day, I went out and bought a new guitar and just did it.”
When it came to composing his first original songs, Padilla says that he was hesitant. He was classically trained when it came to composing music. At first, Padilla says, his creative mind did not lend itself to creating music through jam sessions. For him, arrangements needed a definitive structure. His hesitance led to a lack of confidence in his songwriting skills. Ultimately, Padilla discovered the emotions attached to his 10 years of hardship. As he began to take stock of his personal experience, the music began to flow from his pen. Writing music became more of an exploration than a process for this would-be songwriter.
“It was just one of those things that when it started happening…I’d say that I discover music more than I write it,” Padilla said. “It just comes to me, and I do my best. If people like it, then that’s cool. If not, then whatever. I enjoy it, and it’s very therapeutic for me.”
Padilla had no grand vision for performing live. At first, he says, he only had aspirations of playing The Listening Room of Mobile. He says that he set a two-year time limit to prepare for a show. He ended up playing there four times during his first year of performing. He says that his hesitance to perform in front of a crowd made him vulnerable. However, his time at The Listening Room only boosted his confidence.
“I felt really out of place at first, but the reception was great,” he said. “People really liked it, but I was terrified. It’s hard to put everything you have into something. People may be like, ‘Nah, I don’t care.’ It makes you vulnerable. I still suffer from self doubt a lot. It’s really tough at times, but I enjoy it. The enjoyment outweighs the anxiety.”
Those in attendance for his single release party will definitely witness a different performer than those early days at The Listening Room. The audience will be captivated by Padilla’s ability to pour his emotions into a number of soulful ballads that can take on a variety of personas. As far as further studio work, Padilla says that he plans on releasing a full album in August. Until then, live shows such as this will be the best way to experience his original music for the first time.
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