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The Apache Relay are that rare band who become truer to themselves by getting away from “roots music” and exploring the joys and excitement of indie pop. Guitar twang and scuffling tunes limited these musicians, so the sextet headed to Los Angeles to work with producer Kevin Augunas, who’s helped bands like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Cold Water Kids find the right balance. They set up at Fairfax Recordings, better known as Sound City, and began a conscious effort to find their path for doing what came naturally and what they wanted to do. There are still touches of their dusty roots (“Happiest Day of Your Life” survives on acoustic guitar), but songs such as “Katie Queen of Tennessee,” “Ruby,” and “Growing Pains” work strongly with the band’s pop harmonies, while the deep reverbs and orchestration suggest a mix of modern rock acts and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass opus. This dense wall of sound lends a ghostly vibe to “Terrible Feeling.” Then they break free with the optimistic late-album upsweep of “Dose,” “White Light,” and “Valley of the Fevers.”

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New Age. Classic Sound.

I have seen the Apache Relay perform twice live and honest to goodness it's two of the best shows I have ever been too. I'm not a music critic, nor am I as studious in the arts as some, but I know a good sound when I hear it. The Apache Relay is a fantastic band with a "Groovy" sound. Their first album I have listened to hours upon hours on repeat and it's the most calming thing, yet exhilarating when ever the lead guitarist begins his licks on songs like "State Trooper" or "Can't Wake Up." Well I pre-ordered the CD that is up coming and "Katie:Queen of Tennessee" is again a perfect blend of new and old. The doo-wopesque sound produced by them gives the track a perfect party filler track to allow people to move, or simply a driving anthem to have when you hit the road. Either way, I'm excited to see what the other tracks hold.


I liked the American Nomad quite a lot, but this is different. They've brought to a whole new level, it's so mature, unique and detailed... I hope this album opens up some doors to the apache relay, it's fantastic

Fantastic album!

These guys are coming to Waterfront Wednesday here in Louisville so I had heard them on our local radio station. I'm obsessed now! This album is awesome! I can't wait to see them live.


Formed: 2009 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Apache Relay are an indie folk band from Nashville with a pastoral, roots-pop sound. The band formed in 2008 while attending Nashville's Belmont University, with singer/guitarist Michael Ford, Jr. eventually joining the existing core group of Mike Harris (guitar), Brett Moore (mandolin, organ), and Kellen Wenrich (fiddle). Working with Avett Brothers producer Doug Williams, the quartet released their debut in 2009, a concept album called 1988 under the name Michael Ford, Jr. & the Apache Relay....
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