Mihali Savoulidis is the lead singer and guitarist for Vermont rock quartet, Twiddle. Barely 30 years old, the Jersey native has already drawn crowds at such notable rock shrines as Red Rocks, The Capitol Theatre and Bonnaroo. Twiddle’s fan base is growing rapidly, and Mihali’s signature vocals and guitar work are more than partly responsible for this undeniable momentum.
Most laud Mihali for his dexterity on guitar, but it’s his lyrics and songwriting capabilities which set his solo act apart. It is the soul of what many hope to find in a solo act. His mastery of pedals, specifically the repetitive phenomena known as “looping,” beat boxing, and guitar riffs, all prep a multi-textured canvas for song. Mihali’s words are genuine. Shaped by his journey through grief and redemption, he writes songs that serve as a light to many who find themselves lost in their own darkness.
Inspired by artists including Kurt Cobain, Bradley Nowell and Bob Marley, Mihali’s music carries a passionate intent for good. During his twelve years with Twiddle, Mihali has shared the stage with members of Phish, Blues Traveler, Big Gigantic, Matisyahu, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall and jammed with his all-time favorite guitar player, Jamaican reggae legend, Ernest Ranglin, just to name a few.
Bencoolen is a maximalist rock band that includes blues, funk, and soul influences in their sound. The band features soaring vocals, swift sax lines, and huge guitar tones. They were founded early in 2014 by Paul Gregg and Teddy Scott, but ramped up into a touring outfit in February 2016 after adding Will Lockery on the drums and Ben Suarez on bass soon after.
The group recently headed back to record at Inner Ear Studios to capture a new song, focused on getting a raw sound by tracking most of the instruments live. The rhythm section holds down a tight groove as the song builds around thick, slightly overdriven sax and smooth vocal lines before exploding into a ripping guitar solo. The bones of the song came to the table in a collaboration between sax player, Jack Bentsen, and singer/guitarist, Paul Gregg. This new song is called, “In the End” and was released at the end of March 2018.
“In the End”, follows previously released singles called “Spotlight” and “The Crown,” to describe a journey around the world in pursuit of a love long lost, serving as a metaphor for the lost opportunities that we all try to chase down in life. The artwork depicts a desert scene to emphasize how far the journey can take you.
The band has spent the last year working tirelessly to songwrite and tour. Bencoolen has recently played up and down the East Coast from Savannah, Georgia up to New York City. They have supported tours for Marcus King, Spafford, Mungion, Atlas Road Crew, Mondo Cozmo, and Big Something. The highlights of recent efforts have included slots at Firefly Music Festival in 2017 and at Musikfest in 2018.
cB3 is an organ trio fueled by groove and reckless precision.
Chris Buono – guitar & effects
Ben Stivers – organ & key bass
Tobias Ralph – drums
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