'On the surface, rock appears terribly simplistic, unless it has soul. Then it becomes church music that can touch you where you live. If you can't bleed for it, if you don't mean it -- then it is nothing.' - Rebel Fagen In a time when quantity seems to rule rather than quality, the Detroit Disciples stand apart as an anomaly of energy, attitude, and intent. Named for mentor Mitch Ryder, they carry on the torch of rock and roll passion, playing from the heart and writing from the soul. Founded in 1985, the band is based in Sonoma County, California. The founding and current members include Ian McMurray (songwriter, guitar and vocals) and Paul Burke (drums and vocals). They have won a loyal following by appearing up and down the coast in venues such as New George's in San Rafael, the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, and the Caspar Inn near Mendocino. Their song 'Bordertown' from the first CD received rotation play on Santa Rosa radio station KRSH. 'Saving Grace', the Disciples' long-awaited second album, builds on the groundwork laid down by the first release, 'Stare Down the Dog'. But it dares to diversify by exploring Americana in 'Fallen in Love' and 'Heartbreak Station'. It makes a stand for the blues with the groove set by 'Government Man' and 'Sure Thing'. And love is delicately stated in the ballad 'Presence of Angels' and the haunting ode to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, 'Saving Grace'. 'Saving Grace' also holds court to the reunion of current and past members of the band, like Tommy Miller who also performs with the Greg Allman Band, Don Bassey who performs with Kevin Russell, and Joel Rudinow, an Elvin Bishop alumnae. Produced in conjunction with Harry Gale whose credits include Charlie Musselwhite, The Sorrentionos, and Solid Air, the album is a celebration of urban roots rock. Never in vogue and always out of fashion, the Disciples may seem like a throwback to a different time. But like a restored Chevy, their power and passion are timeless. Sometimes loud and always a good ride.
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