On the rise

Popular group Samesoul
releases ‘The Orange Album’

They will perform in August,
September festivals in the area

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(August 2009) – Lead vocalist Chris Jesse describes the band Samesoul’s unusual name saying, “It came from a song. The meaning of the song basically is that some people think alike, some people have the same soul, feel the same way about certain things.”
The growing popularity of this southern Indiana group shows that a good many people all feel the same way about Samesoul’s music. And with the release of the group’s first CD, “The Orange Album,” fans will now be able to enjoy their favorite songs anytime they want.

Samesoul CD

Over the past four years, Samesoul has assembled the present group of musicians and developed their unique sound. Samesoul began as a small acoustic group with Jesse and gradually the current lineup came together.
“We just slowly but surely added everybody, and now we are right where we want to be,” explains Jesse.
Samesoul is made up of Madison, Ind., residents Joe DiVito on bass guitar, Jesse on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, John Adkinson the keyboard and vocals, J.T. Glascow on drums, and the Columbus, Ind., musician Derick Howard on lead guitar and vocals.
DiVito describes the group’s music saying, “It’s rock and roll, but not heavy; more of an older style to it. A cross between Jack Johnson, the Beatles and the Allman Brothers.”
According the Jesse, “We all like different kinds of music – we all kind of meet in the middle.”
The resulting mix has evolved into a style that DiVito emphatically states “can be enjoyed by everyone.”
Samesoul on June 20 celebrated the release of “The Orange Album” with a party at the Electric Lady bar in Madison. This is the group’s first CD and the album features songs written by various group members. During the upcoming months, fans will have the chance to hear the group perform live around southern Indiana. On Aug. 14-15, Samesoul will join other Indiana musicians for the fifth annual Greenstock Music Festival, located in Nashville, Ind., at the Valley Branch Retreat. Greenstock is a family-friendly event that highlights environmental awareness. Those attending the festival are invited to contact Valley Branch Retreat for information on camping. On Sept. 18-19, Madison’s Bicentennial Park will be the site of Samesoul’s own River City Rock and Roll Festival in Madison. In addition to Samesoul, guests at this festival will be able to enjoy ekoostik Hookah, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and a variety of other musical talents.


Photo by Don Ward

Chris Jesse (right)
and Joe Devito
perform as part of
Samesoul on June 12
at the Madison
Bicentennial’s Block
Party on Main Street.

Samesoul is fortunate to include four songwriters in the band and “all four of us have songs on the album,” notes Jesse. He describes his personal writing process saying, “With me, I usually write the music first, the lyrics come later.”
The next step is to present the song to the rest of the group for their thoughts and ideas, with the final version growing out of that collaboration. “An original band with original music,” says DiVito of the resulting songs.
The recording of “The Orange Album” at Stable Studios in Spencer, Ind., proved to be a positive experience for the group. “It just came natural,” says Jesse. “The studio felt right.”
DiVito agrees; “It was really nice, there are good people there.”
The album came together in one solid day of work, with the group recording “15 tunes in 15 hours,” in the words of Jesse.
Having honed their talents over the years performing for audiences, the recording situation allowed the group’s strengths to truly shine.
“It’s funny; we actually recorded live. We’ve always been a live band, that’s where we feel we excel,” says Jesse.
Divito appreciated the ease of hearing the other musicians when playing in the studio. “When you play live it’s tricky to get the sound just right. It’s nice to be able to hear everything so clearly.”
With the debut album on store shelves in downtown Madison’s Electric Lady and the Madison Music Center, Samesoul is now looking ahead to assemble songs for their next CD. “It’s always been a goal, the goal now is just to not stop putting out albums,” says Jesse, “I love the studio and the creative process.”

• For more information on Samesoul and to find out about upcoming performances, visit: www.myspace.com/samesoul.

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