The band’s great success and publicity on the radio is bolstered by its positive reception in the press.

“A timeless sound”

The Louisville Eccentric Observer, a popular weekly publication in Louisville, features a “Staff Picks” section for arts and entertainment:
“For the release of their new album, also called Thirty Spokes, the Louisville band (also known as 30 Spokes) is throwing a party for their newest incarnation. Though this marks the band’s third full-length album by our count — and they’ve worked again with producer Kevin Ratterman — it’s a bold leap forward for the band. The Spokes’ sound has been enhanced here by the keyboards of Mark Rucker, whose piano and organ sounds add some special sauce to the base of classic rock, blues-rock and country. It’s a timeless sound that now sounds older, in a fresh way (listen to the album, and you’ll know exactly what I’m saying).”
– Peter Berkowitz, Music Editor of The LEO

“Honey-drizzled ballads”

“Louisville’s Thirty Spokes celebrates the release of a new album, ‘Thirty Spokes,’ that promises more of the band’s soul-infused rock ‘n’ roll and honey-drizzled ballads. The band taps into a timeless sound with its roots in the 1970s.”
– Jeffrey Lee Puckett, Music Writer and Critic for The Courier Journal featured Thirty Spokes as a best bet for entertainment with the recent release of Thirty Spokes.

“It’s a perfect concoction”

Kyle Meredith, Music Director at WFPK Louisville and producer of The Setlist, featured Thirty Spokes on his series The Setlist which airs weekly through NBC.

“A fantastic new album”

With the newest offering from Thirty Spokes, the band was featured on WFPK’s live weekly radio show Live Lunch.

“Nifty beat tension and guitar work”

Music/food blogger Eilonwy wrote a great review of our tunes. Here are a few quotes: “What Thirty Spokes are reminding me of is ZZ Top: lots of cyclical guitar picking with an infectious beat… 72 Hours has a dead-soldier song and a trapped-miners song. I’m a sucker for modernized folk motifs. Bought!… Some of what I’m liking about this band is how it aurally foregrounds the guitar work. I’m waiting with surprising eagerness for guitar motifs to resolve… ” Check out the full review here.

Bluegrass Catastrophe Podcast

Chad and Gabe recently stopped by LEO Weekly’s offices to chat with music editor, Mat Herron, about the new album. Check out the 20 minute interview on their blog. Be sure to click the “Listen: Thirty Spokes” link.

Staff Pick

The Louisville Eccentric Observer, a popular weekly publication in Louisville, features a “Staff Picks” section for arts and entertainment. The Thirty Spokes’ CD release party for 72 Hours, was featured in this section of the paper as a destination activity.

“Tuneful Storytelling”

By Ronke Oyekunle (Disc review for 72 Hours in the December ’09 issue of the Louisville Music News)

Louisville group Thirty Spokes’ debut album, 72 Hours, not only displays this band’s artistic range but also demonstrates the level of professionalism needed to create a great album. While each song’s words contain a meaningful and thought-provoking message, one can’t help but to focus on the clean and flawless nature of the instrumentation.

The album begins with the title song, which tells a story about the weekend of a romantic couple, a man in love with his woman. The sound is a continually cheerful, moderately paced blend of guitar and steady rock drums. Released back during the summer, 72 Hours does not limit the storytelling to relationships, but includes a wide spectrum of everyday life experiences from love to a soldier’s duty.

For instance, a “Miner’s Song” tells about the everyday life of a miner who is just working hard to make ends meet. This heart-wrenching song renders one speechless when we learn that the hard-working group of miners becomes trapped beneath the earth in the coal mine. I invite you to listen to the song to find out the fate of those miners.

On a lighter note, the album moves to “Mountain Top,” a song that grooves with the catchy refrain, “Lady on the Mountain Top.” Then 72 Hours moves back to a more serious topic in “A Soldier’s Lament” where the soldier, now an angel, watches his loved one’s sorrow and wishes to comfort them and shows his sorrow for their pain, saying, “I know angels aren’t suppose to cry.” The drums play softly in the background as the singer tells the story of the fallen soldier.

72 Hours ends like it begins with the acoustic guitar, steady drums, and lyrics about love. This album makes it easy to see why the band has such a following; Thirty Spokes’ musical depth and thoughtful composition simply tells tuneful stories about life.