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Water Valley High

by Eleganza!

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jphillipm awesome stuff. enjoyable. I cab remember hearing most of these guys in their other respective bands on the KQ homegrown show (a show sorely missed in the twin cities, sorry current), and seeing a lot of those same bands at the turf. anyway nicely done. not a bad track on the album.
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Turtle Zwadlo I never heard a sound like this when I lived in Minneapolis. Swamp rock from a northern band, love, love, love! Favorite track: Scared And Stupid.
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jpb309 I never heard of them before I subscribed to Dial-Back Sound and they sent me this record. It's been downhill ever since! I love this band!
Inge Svensson
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Inge Svensson What a great greasy album. Leaves me thinking is this a reinkarnation of the faces!! Solid as rock!!
Best track? Not a bad track!!
IF I have choose.
Lonesome and high.
But every track is a real strong contender!!
Go buy this record!!
VAST DEFERENS A greatly needed bonfire smoke out of a rock and roll record \m/
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    Eleganza's second studio LP 'Water Valley High' on Tan colored 140g vinyl. Full color jacket w/black sleeve.

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  • Water Valley High Tan Colored LP + Release Show Ticket
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    A limited supply of Eleganza Tan Colored LP's bundled with show tickets for the album release party at First Ave - 7th Street Entry on April 29. Limited to 10!

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Down With Me 03:38
Get Brown 03:08
Borderless 05:05


I don’t know the reason, or even if there’s one,” sings Brian Vanderwerf in the opening track of Eleganza’s Water Valley High LP (Dial Back Sound, April 2022). Despite Brian’s undoubted place amongst underground rock’s singing MVPs, the past decade has given many in his position little reason to hustle. Love of the game? Fuck that! This is all they’ve got!
Water Valley High is the sound of a band punching its way out of a corner, once again finding ring center in a scene of royal outcasts.
Vanderwerf’s vocal tenures in The Midnight Evils (Estrus Records) and Chooglin’ (Big Legal Mess) have long established him as dirt-rock aristocracy.
Bassist Tony Zaccardi is The Twin Cities’ Midnight Mayor. Tony not only doubles as bassist for St Paul’s Romantica, but also owns popular night spot and venue Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis.
Chooglin’ grad Jeff Johnson has done more with what Chuck Berry taught Keith Richards than anyone since Chuck Berry. Think about it.
Secret weapon Greg McAloon pins down the middle guitar with ruthless precision and the cold stare of 1,000 Minnesota winters.
Tim Baumgart, as sweet as he is big, seems unaware that it’s actually really hard to play drums as well as he does. Ever wonder what Scott Asheton playing jazz grip would sound like? Buy the record.
Latecomer (but gaining fast) Charlie Smith thinks a lot of Nicky Hopkins and puts that honky tonkin’, boogaloo shit on everything.
As a concept, it would suffice to say that the band has had their minds on what every American has these past five or six years: Exile On Main St. They have made their collective share of all-out hell-raising rock’n’roll albums over the past couple decades. With Eleganza, they have found a sound and rhythm where country and blue-eyed soul can coexist with the punk rock for which they’ve been known. And, with Water Valley High, Eleganza have hit their stride.


released April 29, 2022

Tim Baumgart---Drums
Jeff Johnson---Guitar
Greg McAloon---Guitar
Charlie Smith---Piano/Organ/Vocals
Brian Vanderwerf---Guitar/Vocals
Tony Zaccardi----Bass/Vocals

Jimbo Mathus—Slide Guitar on “Even If There’s One”

Matt Patton and Bronson Tew—harmonizing, hootin, hollerin, whooping it.

Produced by Matt Patton and Bronson Tew at Dial Back Sound, Water Valley, MS. Jan. 2020
Engineered by Bronson Tew
Mixed by Bronson Tew and Matt Patton
Mastered by Bronson Tew
Lacquers by Jeff Powell, Takeout Vinyl, Memphis, TN

Artwork by Josh Journey-Heinz
Photography by Jeffrey Johnson


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Eleganza! Minneapolis, Minnesota

MPLS Rock n Roll fronted by Brian Vanderwerf (Midnight Evils/Chooglin').. The 6-Piece features luminaries, Tony Zaccardi (Romantica), Tim Baumgart (Kruddler), Jeff Johnson (Chooglin'), Greg McAloon (Glenrustles), and Charlie Smith (Caroline Smith band)

WATER VALLEY HIGH on Dial Back Sound SPRING 2022! Produced by Matt Patton and Bronson Tew in Water Valley, MS.

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