OPENING ACT | We talk to the Arkansas rocker about authenticity, Mac DeMarco and his favorite psychedelics
"I hate to experience anything that isn't just the cold-hard truth," Jehsea Welles of Ozark, Arkansas is quoted in the press material for the Governors Ball Music Festival, where he will be hitting the Big Apple Stage on Saturday afternoon. A old school rocker at the age of 22, he's said his inspirations range from the cassette of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that he was given by his grandfather at the age of seven to first hearing "Lithium" on the radio in middle school and deciding to pick up one of those guitar things and bang out his reflective tunes.
Listening to Welles' debut EP, Codeine (2017, C3 Records), you might hear more Kurt than Paul: Welles covered "Heart Shaped Box back in 2015 and once told a interviewer that his themes were, more often than not, "poverty, substance abuse, and the party that ensues." Sounds like a ball!
On the subject of balls, I had the chance to catch Welles before his Governors Ball debut and, as he tells me, "We'll all find out together what Welles is." Fun!
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An invigorating slew of protest music hit the shelves today.
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After remaining silent for several days, Kanye West has donated $2 million to organizations associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
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