The Silks are a rock and roll band out of Providence, Rhode Island. You could say The Silks are thee rock and roll band from Providence, but then you wouldn't exactly be asking the cool kids. You'd need to dig a bit deeper than trends. The Silks exist outside of The Hip's bearded rat race.
The Silks deliver honest sounds of the blues-based rock n roll variety. You know, The Devil's music. You've got guitar pyrotechnics galore from frontman Tyler-James Kelly. Whether he's chicken-pickin' or taking a soaring lead break, it's quickly apparent Kelly's on a whole 'nother level. It makes you wonder just when he got his first real six-string. Then there's the voice. Ballsy, bluesy, however it's described, it just sounds like ripping a telephone book in half and feels like scratching a really good itch.
The Silks nail down the groove with its rhythm section of Uncle Sam Jodrey on drums, Jonas Parmelee on bass and Johnny Trama on rhythm and lead guitar. Fast songs, slow songs, it doesn’t matter. For this humble group of seasoned players, it’s all about the dance floor, and with the right chemistry, the dance floor reciprocates.
After releasing their Paul Westerberg produced debut album, "Last American Band" at the tail end of 2013, The Silks continued building on their following with constant gigs. All kinds of gigs. With a work ethic as old-school as their whole vibe, most of their shows are of the "all nighter" variety. Two sets. An hour and a half each. Only they're playing original music. Who does that these days?
The Silks have had their share of carrots dangled in front of them. It's not every band that's gotten to make a record with help from the likes of Westerberg and Jim Boquist of Son Volt fame, after all. From there, they went on to open for The Replacements at The Fillmore in Detroit in the spring of 2015. They've also played in support of The Drive-By Truckers, Roky Erickson, Wanda Jackson, Dirty Heads, Black Joe Lewis, Deer Tick, The Sheepdogs and Patrick Sweany among others.