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Popular Athens band The Incredible Sandwich to perform Sept. 25 at Cypress Grill at Lake Blackshear

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Editor’s note: The Incredible Sandwich has been touring extensively throughout the Southeastern region and will be playing a show on September 25 at the Cypress Grill at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele. The Incredible Sandwich just won the 2010 Flagpole Music Award for Best Jam Band in Athens and was one of 16 bands from Athens to be featured on the 2010 AthFest Compilation CD. They have also had a huge summer, the highlight of which was performing at The Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, AK. This will be The Sandwich’s first appearance in Cordele since being named Jam Band of the Year which for lead singer and guitarist, Matt McKinney, a Cordele native, will make this a stand out show.

Formed in the fall of 2007, the Incredible Sandwich is a jammed out amalgamation of funky progressive rock forged in that Valhalla of music south of the Mason-Dixon, Athens, Georgia.

“The Sandwich,” as they are known to their fans, features Matt McKinney on lead guitar and vocals, Kevin Juneau on bass guitar, Damian Kapcala on keyboards, and Rackley Davis on drums and vocals.

Of the four members of The Incredible Sandwich, three hail from the heart of South Georgia and received educations from some of the South’s finest music institutions, McKinney studying music composition, Davis studying music business. Bringing a background in classical piano studies, Kapcala completed the quartet after moving from Maryland to Athens. With such diverse backgrounds and a mixture of styles from Progressive and Experimental to Psychedelic with unexpected, educated improvisations, the Sandwich has etched a very respected facet in the music community.

The energy generated during live shows through McKinney’s powerful command of the guitar, coupled with the solid rhythm section of Juneau and Davis, accentuated by Kapcala on keyboards, captivates new fans with each performance. Davis comments, “The fact that we share the same influences helps a lot with how we feed off each other. I think a lot of that goes into [our] improvisation. We have a fine-tuned ear for each other’s instruments and style.”

May 2009 brought the release of their self-titled debut EP, which was followed soon after by the win of “Upstart of the Year” at the annual Flagpole Music Awards in June. The band was also featured on two sampler CDs, one from Relix Magazine in June, and another from LimeWire Store in July (Ear to the Ground: Athens). After receiving considerable radio play, the band reached #11 on the Relix/Jamband.com radio charts for October 2009 while appearing on the Homegrown Music Network’s radio charts for 28 consecutive weeks.

Already a favorite at local festivals, the Sandwich won the Athens leg of the 2010 Waka Winter Classic, earning a spot at the Wakarusa Festival in June of that year, and catapulting the band onto the major festival scene. Summer 2010 saw the annual Flagpole Music Awards where the band was voted Best Jam Band in Athens, GA by the music community at large.

The Incredible Sandwich’s first full-length album recorded and produced by John Keane in Athens, GA will be their second release on Mule Train Records and is due in fall 2010.

Matt McKinney – Guitar, Vocals
Rackley Davis – Durms, Vocals
Kevin Juneau – Bass
Damian Kapcala – Keyboard

The Incredible Sandwich released its first EP in April 2009 (recorded by Nathan Sheppard at Green Room Studios, Athens, GA).  This self-titled debut has received radio play on more than 60 stations across the country.  The album has also appeared as high as #11 on the Relix/ JamBand.com radio charts and 28 consecutive weeks on the HomeGrown Music Network’s radio charts!

“Bluebird 1,” the opening track of their debut EP, has appeared in Relix Magazine on the June 2009 CD sampler as well as on the July 2009 LimeWire Store sampler “Ear to the Ground: Athens.”

“Where You Are,” a previously unreleased recording, has been selected to appear on the 2010 AthFest compilation CD.  The AthFest CD features a sampling of local music from Athens, GA, and is released every spring in anticipation of the festival the following June.

Currently, The Incredible Sandwich is in the studio with John Keane (Widespread Panic, REM, Uncle Tupelo) working on their first full length album to be released in 2010.


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