WHEELING - The Upper Ohio Valley's own Adrian Niles Band will be performing at Club Tony & Cleo's, 2153 National Road, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday in the Elm Grove borough.
Recently, Niles had two of his songs - "Same Road" and "Harden to Heal" - aired on F/X Television's hit series "Justified." The performance also comes on the heels of the band's critically acclaimed "Roll and Move," released in 2011. The album features "Harden to Heal" and the radio single "Skylark," a song that has made waves among music industry professionals and fans alike, according to a press release from the band.
"We have an opening acoustic act at 9 p.m., and we go on at 10 p.m.," said Niles. "We're mainly trying to get people into the door."
The Adrian Miles Band will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Club Tony & Cleo’s in Wheeling’s Elm Grove, 2153 National Road. The performance comes after the release of the band’s critically acclaimed “Roll and Move,” a blues-drenched slice of Americana.
Niles, guitarist, singer and songwriter for the band, said he is excited to get back into the studio to record a new album.
"We're going to be doing something we've never done before," said Niles, adding he's always trying to do something new. "We're doing re-production for the the new release right now."
Nile said his career was helped by the two songs used on the television series "Justified," a series on the F/X cable channel. The show featured Niles' compositions on an episode in March.
Niles, who hails from Shadyside, said having national exposure for his music is a dream come true.
"They purchased two songs from us," said Niles, adding he wrote the songs regularly performed by his band, which currently includes Josh Garrett on drums, John Banco on saxophone and Jason Treuman on bass and Niles on guitar.
"('Justified') is a series," said Niles. "It's not so much a country-oriented show - it's more Americana. The characters are high art."
Niles said the songs were sent to Imaginary Friends in Santa Monica, Calif., a company that supplies television shows and movies with original songs from a library.
"They deal with a lot of the network shows, and they have a library (of songs) that they submit," said Niles. "They called for a certain style of music, and they wanted blues-rock Americana."
Niles said the songs have shades of Americana, which is a style that encompasses everything from rootsy rock to blues to Appalachian country music.
Niles said the band has been picking up some plum gigs, including recently opening up for Los Lonely Boys at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse as well as sharing stages with Jefferson Starship and Ben Orr from the Cars. But he said having his music featured before a national audience is a real feather in his cap.
"It's validating as a musician, especially in this area, where we can be overlooked," Niles said. "I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."
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