Jedediah Parish has been the singer, organist and songwriter for The Gravel Pit from 1987 to the present. The Pit released five full-length albums including two produced by Mike Denneen (Fountains of Wayne, Aimee Mann) and one recorded in Memphis by Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Replacements, Scruffy the Cat), and shared stages with Cheap Trick, Guided by Voices, Morphine and Nada Surf. Their latest was Serpent Umbrella, released in 2015. He’s released three albums as a solo artist as well as performing & recording with rockers like Mike Viola, Miracle Legion, The Figgs, They Might Be Giants & electronic artist Pretty Lights. He’s also been part of “Essential New York” fixture Losers Lounge since 2002, sang at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and performed with the cabaret group Citizens Band, including a slot opening for White Stripes. He’s currently working on an album to be released on his 50th birthday in Spring of 2019.
Empire of Light
Drawing inspiration from the first wave of alternative country (early Wilco, Alejandro Escovedo, The Waco Brothers & Whiskeytown), as well as traditional country and rock (Neil Young, The Band, The Faces & The Stones), Brooklyn-based Empire of Light brings together members of seminal Upstate roots-rockers Subduing Mara – frontman Peter Hutchison & guitarist Brian Wilkens - with ace rhythm section and veteran sidemen Keith Robinson (Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Charlie Sexton) & Dan Green (Mike Viola, Sam Bisbee, The Honey Brothers, The Silos).
Produced by Andris Balins (Lana Del Rey, Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger and The Moonlandingz, Fat White Family) and band member Keith Robinson, “Let There Be Light” evokes equal parts rural Upstate New York and urban old-school Brooklyn – between which the recording was split. The end result is a distillation of timeless, original New Traditionalist Americana Rock.
“The best band you never heard of”
A constant presence on college radio and the CMJ charts in the 90’s, Subduing Mara built a name for themselves through their electrifying live shows – earning them critical praise as “The best band you never heard of”, and “enough to justify belief in Rock'n'Roll". Music critics have credited the band as an influential voice in the Alt Country/Roots Rock revival – echoing the work of contemporaries Uncle Tupelo (Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy & Sun Volt’s Jay Farrar) and Ryan Adam’s Whiskeytown.
Over the past 2 decades Hutchison has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums - including the Village Voice Music Critics Year's Best/Top 10 Album “No Cure for Life” (as Lucas Shine) with Miracle Legion founder Mr. Ray Neal. His output has been graced by contributions from a host of NY session luminaries, who have worked with the likes of The Georgia Satellites, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Westerberg, Hem, Ryan Adams, The Band, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Greg Allman Band, Spyro Gyra, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Charles, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, The Silos, Graham Parker, John Dee Graham and Syd Straw.