The Flavor is:
Wes Anderson - Trombone
Adam Baumol – Drums
Brandon Britt – Trumpet
J. Chester Castellaw – Guitar, Vocals
Scott Frock - Trumpet
Curtis Laub – Trombone
Damon Motto – Bass
Kathryn Rose Wood - Vocals
Gravy Flavored Kisses was founded in March 2010 by 2nd grade district-wide spelling bee champion (circa 1992) J. Chester Castellaw and good friend and bassist Damon Motto. “It’s a closely guarded secret. But what I can tell you is that it’s Popeye’s related”, explained Motto when asked of the origins of the unique band name.
Gravy Flavored Kisses’ style dares you to pigeonhole it into one genre. The influences of blues, rock n’ roll, dance, reggae, and gospel can be recognized throughout their repertoire. The result is a mixture of dirty blues riffs, soulful rock melodies, blaring horns, and infectious grooves that combine to form music that is diverse, energetic and light on pretense.
They released their debut EP In the Red in November 2011. In the Red features songs about a late night bacchanal, a woman on a murderous rampage, a wife’s plan to wait for her wealthy, elderly husband to expire, and a tragic Mardi Gras Day. “If In the Red was about women behaving badly, the theme of The Mail EP is women behaving badly and men behaving even worse” says Castellaw about the group’s newest EP, which was released in November of 2012. The Mail EP garnered positive critical reviews and terrestrial radio airplay in Louisiana, Florida, and Spain.
The Kisses have been busy in 2013 doubling the horn section to include trombonist Wes Anderson, and trumpeter Scott Frock. In April of 2013 the Kisses headed just about 45 minutes south of Thibodeaux, Louisiana to play the T-Bois Blues Festival for the second consecutive year, Baton Rouge’s annual Fest4All Music and Arts Festival, and then hit the road for their inaugural tour in support of The Mail EP heading from New Orleans to the tip of Florida crushing souls in Orange Beach, Destin, Grayton, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pensacola, Key West and finishing with a benefit show at Bootlegger’s Bar on Decatur Street in the band’s hometown of New Orleans. Along with regular performances at Uptown’s Le Bon Temps Roule, regional festival performances and touring, the band has been busy completing the material for their debut full length album.