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Achilles Wheel rolls out fourth album


Tom Durkin

Nevada City Advocate 

Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s hottest dance bands, will debut its fourth studio album “Sanctuary” at a CD release party at Miner’s Foundry Friday, Feb. 23. 

The 13-song album features not only new songs, but, “there are a couple of songs that have been around for a few years and have stood the test of time,” said John Taber, who manages the band.

“’Sanctuary,’” the title cut, is a hopeful song geared to the times we are in.” Taber said. 

“ ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ is one that will get your emotions going, and may well be your wedding song,” he added.

The new CD was engineered and recorded by Oz Fritz at Ancient Wave Studios in Nevada City. Kathy Dotson designed the striking album cover, Taber said.

Achilles Wheel is a dance jam band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, and in that spirit, Taber noted the 8 p.m. show will open with a short presentation by Susana Millman and Dennis McNally. 

McNally was the Grateful Dead’s only publicist, and Millman produced a book called “Alive with the Dead, or A Fly on the Wall with a Camera,” said Taber, who has his own history of working with the Dead and Bill Graham Presents.

The duo Acoustically Speaking, featuring Kat Walkerson and Mik Bondy of the Garcia Project, will open for Achilles Wheel.

According to the band’s biography on their Facebook page, “Achilles Wheel is a rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of roots, world music and rockadelia.”

Perhaps more important, “The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work,” its Facebook bio said.

The band biography goes on to explain that “the idealism the band members embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter.”

More information can be found at achilleswheel.com. 

Tom Durkin is a freelance writer and photographer in Nevada County. Contact him at tdurkin@vfr.net or www.tomdurkin-writer.net.

About the photo: 

Achilles Wheel band members (L-R), Ben Jacobs, Shelby Snow (in back), Jonny Mojo Flores, Gary Campus, Mark McCartney and Paul Kamm.