Silver and Smoke Gear Up For Upcoming Single Release "Burning Bridges"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

There’s no other way to put it: Colorado’s western rock group Silver and Smoke have been killing it lately. With two EPs, a music video, and a West Coast tour under their belt, the band’s momentum is building, with even more exciting announcements on the horizon.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke has come a long way since their inception in 2015. What began as a musical project started by high school buddies Ty Bray and Dino Ianni has steadily blossomed into a full-fledged rock’n’roll group. In the last eight months, the band has added bassist Rick Brown and reunited with former sound engineer and drummer Diego Valenzuela, creating an epic combination that rocks harder than ever.

Watch Silver and Smoke’s “Hope You’re Happy” music video:

After the release of their first two EPs Workhorse and Marking Time, the band continues to astound, with their evolution from the blues, to country-style rock, to heavy-hitting rock’n’roll. They continue to fill classic venues such as Herman’s Hideaway, Lion’s Lair, The Walnut Room, and various breweries throughout the city, yet still remain as some of the most down-to-earth, genuine music-making folks out there.

S&S. Credit: Grace Jensen. 

S&S. Credit: Grace Jensen. 

The band has been working closely with Denver’s Acacia Jade Studios recently, located in the heart of the RiNo Art District. The studio’s CEO Wesley Henkle shared a bit about what it’s been like working with the band:

“Tyler and Dino have helped us tremendously with our beat production by adding live instrumentation to not only our own songs but working as a rhythm section with other artists from various genres. Their fun high-level of energy combined with a strong work ethic and a drive for perfection makes them a great fix for AJS.”

With an ever-growing fan base, I’d advise anyone to hop on the Silver and Smoke train soon. They’ve got more music coming out, starting with their upcoming single “Burning Bridges,” which will be the first release off their soon-to-be-recorded third EP.

“Burning Bridges” is unlike anything Silver and Smoke fans have heard from them before. Its smooth, dark Santana vibe epitomizes the song’s storyline about packing up and moving on from whatever is holding you back (in this case, a relationship). The single is set to be released and available in all digital music stores on Valentine’s Day. So whether you’re a lonely heart, or a happy clam, there’s no doubt you’re going to dig what Silver and Smoke is about to showcase.

Be to sure catch Silver and Smoke at their (FREE) upcoming show next Thursday, February 2nd at Lincoln’s Roadhouse. In the meantime, subscribe to band’s newsletter and check out their website for the latest and greatest on releases, announcements, and new merchandise.

-Jura

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A Summer In Step With Silver and Smoke's Upcoming "Marking Time" EP and West Coast Tour

By: Jura Daubenspeck

It’s high time we checked back in with the guys of Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

On Saturday, May 19th, Silver and Smoke played an intimate show with singer/songwriter Amy Kress at Denver’s Mutiny Information Cafe. It was unlike a show I’ve seen from any of these performers before, with refreshingly stripped down sets where each artist’s unique talents really shined. It was an early affair, ending around 8pm, so the music was beautifully paired with the gorgeous Denver sunset shining in through the windows. The whole night combined some of my favorite indulgences: great music, good reads, pinball machines, and delicious coffee.

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If you’ve ever seen Silver and Smoke play before, you’d know how hard their sets can rock. Offstage, Tyler and Dino are some of the most amiable and good-humored people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Their charisma always shows in their performances, and given the smaller nature of this show, audience members were able to see that even more. Their booming sound translated surprisingly well to a more intimate setting, and we were really able to see what talented guitar players these two really are. At times, it felt almost like dueling guitars, a give and take of talent that the two were more than capable of sharing with each other. They played hits off their recent Workhorse EP, but also teased songs off their upcoming Marking Time EP, which is set to be released this August.

Marking Time will feature five songs that Tyler and Dino have written together. As always, Silver and Smoke defies the notion that bands must stick to one genre. You can expect to hear a little bit of western rock ‘n roll, blues grit, country, and just flat-out hard rock on the EP. One of the songs, "River," tips its hat to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Free Bird”, so you can expect some pretty gnarly solos that tune.

Amy Kress.

Amy Kress.

Beyond their recent show together, Silver and Smoke have been collaborating with the electro-pop singer Amy Kress regularly, a combination that is bound to be noteworthy. Kress will actually be joining the band on their West Coast tour (August 8-September 5) for a trip though all the gorgeous hot spots: Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Santa Fe.

Stay tuned for more announcements about Silver and Smoke, as they’ve got a big summer ahead of them! You can keep in touch with the band on their Facebook and website.

-Jura

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Silver and Smoke: The New Faces of Western Rock and Blues Grit

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Western rock forces: unite.

Close your eyes and imagine you’re atop a dusty mountain peak, overlooking the oranges, yellows, and purples of a Colorado sunset. The warm, dry wind tousles your hair, and you feel alright. I’ve told many people that music of my heart is classic western rock: musicians like Neil Young and John Denver, whose music is interwoven with soul and grace. Music that evokes powerful imagery of nature’s vastness and unapologetic beauty. It’s with this that I am honored to introduce the up-and-coming Colorado western rock band Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke live at Lost Lake. 

Silver and Smoke live at Lost Lake. 

Silver and Smoke draw from earthy sounds, laced with gritty blues undertones and haunting melodies. Their story is still being written, yet it goes back eight years ago, when Tyler Bray (vocals/guitar) and Dino Ianni (lead guitar/saxophone) played in a high school band together called Good News, Apollo. After playing together at their graduation, they went their separate ways; Dino venturing to Chicago for college, and Tyler studying in Greeley, CO.

Their reunion reveals the kismet nature of their relationship, returning to Aurora, CO after years of intermittent communication. After getting back in touch, they wrote one song together, and within six months, recorded an entire album.

Ianni riffin'. 

Ianni riffin'. 

Since their reunion in July 2015, Silver and Smoke have been in the midst of a creative transformation. Working previously with Jenna Moll Reyes as backup singer and Alex Sager on drums, they are now performing and recording with sound engineer and drummer Diego Valenzuela of Landlocked Records. Diego worked with the group on their Workhorse EP, which was officially released in full on iTunes today. Two songs titled “Locomotive” and “Screaming Amazing Grace” have already been leaked on Soundcloud, and after listening to these two tracks on repeat, I could not be more excited for album’s entire release.

Listen to Silver and Smoke's track "Locomotive":

Workhorse touches on the dichotomy of musicians who are discovered overnight versus those who work relentlessly for years, while having a great time and connecting with those who support them. It’s a celebration of life’s beauty and playing music for music itself, rather than playing for fame. It evokes strong imagery of iconic americana and honors the grit and passion that was exhibited in the development of the Western Rockies. They stay true to their Colorado roots and use their home as inspiration to forge on with their music.

Valenzuela slayin'. 

Valenzuela slayin'. 

Silver and Smoke are truly one of a kind; they hope to pave the way for western rock by constantly challenging themselves, twisting their sounds, and never limiting themselves to one musical identity. They ooze soul, and listening to their music is truly invigorating.

In celebration of the studio release of Workhorse, Silver and Smoke will be jamming at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver this Saturday, March 5 at 11pm. Whether you are looking to rock out to some headbangers, or vibe and sway, Silver and Smoke’s diverse performances have what you are looking for. So if you want to let off some steam this weekend, get yourself to Herman’s and watch Silver and Smoke blow the roof off the joint.

Bray croonin'.

Bray croonin'.

Silver and Smoke are also planning a West Coast tour starting in August, hitting up hot spots in Seattle, San Diego, Colorado, and more. So join them on their journey, connect via Facebook, and find their music on iTunes, Soundcloud, and on their website. And for a closer look into the making of Workhorse and a taste of their quirky personalities, watch “Workhorse: The Birth of Western Rock” and enjoy the ride.

-Jura

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.