"The Rave is Raveis Kole"
Raveis Kole: it all starts with the lyrics! Unexpected and original stories that capture your attention and hold it within a rich tapestry of rhythmic and harmonic choices that surprise and delight. Expect the unexpected! Well crafted vocal and instrumental interplay that draws you in. Experience Art in Music.
Raveis Kole (Laurie Raveis (Ray-viss) and Dennis Kole) is a singer-songwriter interplay melding Raveis’ caramel smooth, emotive vocals and groove driven acoustic guitar rhythms with Kole’s fingerstyle counterpoint and harmonic explorations. Their style is “Artistic, Thoughtful and Connecting” - creating songs that turn left in a right-handed world. Their new project, “Electric Blue Dandelion - Nashville Sessions” with Nashville co-producer, Jeff Silverman (Allman Brothers, Prince, Rick Springfield) casts an organic, natural light on the beauty and grit of the intimately bold tracks. The album celebrates truth, pain and transformation weaving a musical tapestry of lyrically focused, rhythmic and harmonic textures which invite the listeners to connect their our experience. Pure collaborative trust was placed in fellow Nashville musicians; Matthew Burgess (Drum and Percussion), Tim Lorsch (Cello, Viola and Violin), Jeff Taylor (Accordian), Dave Flint (Bouzouki, Ukulele and additional Guitar), Brian Hinchliffe (Bass) and Austin musician Matt Smith (Bass) to enhance the organic feel of Laurie Raveis (Vocal, Guitar, High Octave and Sitar Guitar) and Dennis Kole (Guitar, Resonator, Stringed Instruments and Background Vocals) The “Into Me You See” album is slated for summer 2018.
Raveis Koles’ debut album “Electric Blue Dandelion” spawned three songs that rose into the Top 40 / AC Top 200 Chart (FMQB) and the album charted on college radio (CMJ), Roots Music Report and Radio Indie. Recorded in Austin, Texas by co-producer Matt Smith, the album showcases Raveis’ compelling vocals within a rich tapestry of rhythmic movement and melodic colors.
"5 out of 5 stars! This album has become one of my go-to albums in a very short time. The songs are extremely infectious, largely due to the thoughtful and insightful lyrical content"
- Cheryl Hodge, Winner, "Best Jazz Song 2013”, Hollywood Music & Media Awards
Raveis Kole offers authentic, visceral lyrics that draw in the listener and engage the senses. The emotional landscape for each song leads the listener to create their own narrative to the music. Each song tells a different story, with themes ranging from love and loss, to family, transformation, and social commentary. Their music is drawn from an array of traditions: Folk, Rock, Reggae, Latin, and World music - and explores everything from altered tunings to jazz and vocal harmonies to create a fresh infusion that will stimulate your ear and your heart.
- Title track single, "Electric Blue Dandelion" is garnering Billboard airplay and hit #25 on AC Top 40 / Top 200 Chart with 17 straight weeks in the Top 40 (FMQB)
- Second single, "Wicked Game" rises to #17 on AC Top 40 / Top 200 Chart (FMQB) and is currently on it’s 49th week on the chart
- Top 10 on multiple CMJ Radio 200 charts (US)
- 5 songwriting awards (US & UK)
- Top 20 Roots Music Report - Contemporary Folk Album, #3 WA State / All genres
- Top 10 Radio Indie hit #1 - US & International
- Third single, "Dawn Breaks Through” rises to AC TOP 40 / Top 200 Chart (FMQB) #18
- NOMINATED for Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) - Best Song, "Fearless (All In) - Americana/Folk/Acoustic
Laurie Raveis is a voting member and district advocate of The Recording Academy for the GRAMMYS® (NARAS), as well as member of Folk Alliance International, the Americana Music Association and a BMI artist. She was 2014 Berklee Online Scholarship winner at the Crown Guitar Festival, and has served as a band coach at Bellingham Girls Rock Camp. In 2013 Laurie launched her musical career with the release of her debut EP, 101, which was produced and recorded by Matt Smith in Austin, TX. 101 offered Laurie’s signature compelling vocals along with vibrant lyrics to serve notice that a new artist was on the rising on the horizon.
Dennis Kole Dennis is a member of Folk Alliance International, the Americana Music Association and a BMI artist. Dennis has studied with multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith, funk master Dennis McCumber, and jazz improvisationalist Mark Dzuiba.
Raveis Kole is based in Bellingham, WA.
More On Raveis Kole Debut Album - "Electric Blue Dandelion"
Raveis Kole’s lyrics paint an emotional landscape for each song that leads the listener to create their own narrative to their music. The title track, “Electric Blue Dandelion”, is a vivid and compelling odyssey through the struggle of loss into the power of release. The sultry vocals of Laurie Raveis are delicate yet commanding - think Chistina Perri meets Deep Purple. Kole’s fingerstyle agility sweeps between complexity and spaciousness. The next piece, “Precipice Forgiveness (Flow is On),” surprises the listener with an exotic sitar style introduction which segues into an acoustic rock, singer-songwriter interlude that gracefully oscillates in mood, culminating in an uplifting outro which celebrates freedom through the journey to forgiveness. Subtle glimpses of Nick Drake, George Harrison, CSN and Joni Mitchell pervade.
“Holding Onto a Rainbow”, the first Raveis/Kole co-write, is a hypnotic, liquid and ethereal song: Mazzy Star and Natalie Merchant with a Pink Floyd vibe, that has the delicate, weightless feel of hovering between wakefulness and a dream. “It Must Be OK (We Starve)” is a polished and sophisticated song that blends the lyrical and stylistic genius of Carole King with the smooth vocals of Sara Bareilles. The song elegantly transitions into a concluding jazz waltz climax.
Switching gears, the unforgettable blues bass line in “Aloha” establishes the foundation for a stripped and raw acoustic presentation reminiscent of a T Bone Burnett production. The haunting lyrics set forth a somber tale of desperation, powerlessness and loss in the struggle against the demonic dance of addiction. “Fearless (All In)” is an acoustic rock anthem with progressive rock overtones contrasting driving rhythms with ethereal textures. Vulnerable and strong vocals remind one of Grace Slick/Jefferson Airplane. The lyric describes a willingness to move bravely in an uncertain world.
“Wicked Game” offers a sensual Latin/Reggae/Rhumba remake of the Chris Isaak classic, intermingling dynamic Reggaeton beats, Latin rhythms and montunos, and seasoned with a dash of polyrhythms. The sound of the Tiple, a type of South American ukulele, provides a fresh and signature background to Raveis’ powerful and compelling vocal that commands the stage in this exotic mix.
“Street Penguins” surprises with an avant-garde lyric featuring Kole on lead vocals. “Street Penguins” is destined to go viral with its clever, contemporary blend of humor, novelty and social commentary. A step onto the streets of a B-52s, “Rock Lobster” alternative hip hop block party – you will find yourself irresistibly singing along and dancing to the refrain of: “it’s Conga time!”
The final song, “Dawn Breaks Through”, is a beautiful piano pop ballad with shades of acoustic celtic harmonic overtones, a John Legend meets Florence and The Machine piece. The melody pulls you into singing along as it opens up in an epic manner with a multi-layered crescendo of vocal harmony. “Dawn Breaks Through” leaves the listener in a place of uplift and hope: “We are made of Stars!”
“Electric Blue Dandelion,” was recorded in Austin, Texas at 6 String Ranch with producer, Matt Smith and a dynamic group of talented musicians: Drums (James Gwyn), Ovation Magnum Prototype Fretless and customer Warwick 4 string fretted bass and lap steel (Matt Smith), upright bass (Kris Wade), organ/keys (David Webb) combined with Laurie (Vocals, 1935 D18 Martin acoustic, Gibson Firebird Electric, Custom Stratocaster - the “Irishcaster", Electric Sitar guitar) and Dennis (Takamine Classical, Nashville High Strung, Hammertone Mandotar, National Resonator, Requinto, Tiple, 1935 D18 Martin Acoustic, Gibson 335 Rusty Anderson Model, Baritone Guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Godin New Yorker and Vocals).
Laurie Raveis is a voting member and district advocate of The Recording Academy for the GRAMMYS®, as well as Folk Alliance International, The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, a member of the Americana Music Association and a BMI artist. She was 2014 Berklee Online Scholarship winner at the Crown Guitar Festival, and has recently served as a band coach at Bellingham Girls Rock Camp. In 2013 Laurie launched her musical career with the release of her debut EP, 101, which was also produced and recorded by Matt Smith in Austin, TX. 101 offered Laurie’s signature compelling vocals along with vibrant lyrics to serve notice that a new artist was on the horizon, rising.
Dennis Kole has studied with multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith, funk master Dennis McCumber, and jazz improvisationalist Mark Dzuiba. Dennis is a member of Folk Alliance International, the Americana Music Association, Hollywood Music in Media Awards and a BMI artist.
Raveis Kole is based in Bellingham, WA.