So many people talk about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
– Keith Richards
Three Forks Junction is a vintage rock band from Orange County, California. Playing new rock that sounds like classic rock, their signature sound permeates all they play. Their large and enthusiastic crowds are rivaled by the appeal of their eponymous independently-released EP, which has gained much critical acclaim. With two incredible lead singers and songs telling of heartbreak, lust, dead-end jobs, whisky, affairs, and unflattering self-reflection, the dynamics of their musical landscape are vast, yet universal.
Three Forks’ distinctive sound comes from a unique blend of traditional and modern forms of music. Drawing heavily from the blues, folk, and old-time rock n’ roll for their songs’ foundations, their rhythm sections are heavy in soul, with vocals of a pop appeal (but a roots feel), all while having arrangements with a distinct classical touch. In content, audioscape, and aesthetic, there is something for everyone.
On a warm summer’s evening in 1938, legendary bluesman and songwriter Robert Johnson was poisoned and killed (via whiskey) at the juke joint in Three Forks Junction, Mississippi. Rumored to have rold his soul to the Devil at the Crossroads for his otherworldly ability, some say it was a Hellhound which came that night to claim the Devil’s due. These anecdotes were further bolstered by the near-supernatural influence he had on the landscape of American music. Covered by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, the White Stripes, and the Rolling Stones (to name a few), his music is heard almost everywhere, but his impact is unparalleled.
August 16, 1938 may be the day Robert Johnson died, but it is also the day that modern American music was born. Three Forks Junction may be the location of the most significant death in American music history, but it is also the birthplace of musical Americana.