Bennett Wales & The Relief

Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Bennett Wales & the Relief are living proof that raw talent, ambition & honesty can still prevail in an ailing music industry.
 The bands musical discoveries take flight with a compelling combination of rich pop layers & mixed stylings of rhythm & blues, rock, soul, jam & americana. By melding hook-filled melody within groove-able rhythms, Bennett Wales & the Relief show their ability to compact a vast array of influence & experience into a singular & distinct sound.
The musical outfit consists of:
  • vocalist/guitarist Bennett Wales
  • guitarist Brock Bittner
  • bassist Mike Fischetti
  • drummer Drew Orton
  • keyboardist Caleb Stark

Together the quintet provides a vast amount of influences & gift a broadened door of multiple genre stylings to music enthusiasts & listeners alike. Some of the top band influences consist of: Alabama Shakes, Chris Stapleton, The Meters, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears, Vulfpeck & Black Angels. Though Bennett Wales & his musicians have spent a lifetime saturated in music, song writing & performance, it is the release of the debut album (launching in September 2017) that will mark their true musical introduction to the world. Recorded in April at a Blue Ridge mountain cabin retreat turned music studio with engineer, Chris Utley (Steven Tyler, John Mayer & many more) of Benchmark Sound off Music Row in Nashville. As a very young band, they are experiencing a quickly blossoming career of festival bookings, one off shows & regional tours.
Having already shared the the stage with some notable national acts such as: The Record Company, Anderson East, Sister Sparrow, Rusted Root, Ripe, Ocean Blue, Peoples Blues of Richmond, Kai Mani Marley, Red Man & Method Man. Additionally, more than 2000 copies have been sold from pre- album singles with no major distribution & the group formed enough of a regional fan base to directly finance their freshman album themselves. They are currently seeking management, booking &/or music label assistance to keep growing onward.
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