Bridging the classic and the contemporary, songwriter/guitarist Seth Kessel puts a modern spin on his penchant for classic rock ‘n roll. Inspired by everything from Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Howlin’ Wolf, to old country from the 30s into the 70s, to early punk rock, it is fitting that Kessel took on Roy Orbison’ posthumous hit, “You Got It.” The in-studio video, out December 11, 2020, was produced by Drew Wood at Unofficial Films.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Kessel gathered a group of like-minded individuals in 2015 who bonded over their love for vintage culture and sounds. Starting off as a swing/jazz group, the band quickly morphed into rock ‘n’ roll act. The video closes out 2020 and serves as a launching pad for Kessel’s upcoming full length album, Ride On Through, due out June 2021, along with a series of videos and singles from the aforementioned record.
Kessel lends insight on the Orbison cover: “I decided to record this song for a few reasons. The obvious is that it’s a beautiful and incredible song: lyrics, chords, melody, and structure; it’s all there. I thought stripping the original version down to a small rock trio would be fun and different. We also sped it up and added some guitar twang. Unfortunately Roy isn’t around to sing it, so that’ll never be matched. Even more significant is this song was a posthumous hit for a legend who had success 30-plus years before it came out. In a way it bridged a gap. Now 30-plus years after this song was released, I want to bring it back into our thoughts and hearts.”