My first introduction to A Valley Son was a very welcome one, as they took to the Mercury Lounge stage in support of The Gantry, who were celebrating their farewell NYC show. Opening with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Long As I Can See The Light, A Valley Son’s frontman Trey Powell displayed his super strong vocals. The band seemed a hodgepodge of young guys thrown together into a band – different looks, different styles – but they played well together and clearly make great southern rock music.
They followed the CCR cover with their single Dark Places – a radio friendly tune even with dark themes. Next up was Mad God and this song really showcased the band’s southern styles and great harmonies! Throughout the show Mr. Powell was energetic and a genuine showman. Most of the songs they played at Mercury Lounge were upbeat with a brief detour in the middle of the set, for two slower tempo songs including a cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released which was a real highlight.
They closed out their short opening set with the title track from their new EP Sunset Park. This was A Valley Son’s strongest song of the night and featured great lyrics and vocals. With a little more focus on band cohesiveness, A Valley Son has the makings of a great up and coming rock band! I’ll be on the look out for what comes next.