The Groove Merchants are here to throw down and break out.
Fueled with howling vocals from frontman Tye Vallone, driven by Luke Ferracone’s guitar work, and insured through focused horn sounds and a hustling backbeat from bassist John Evin Groome and Peter Snyder on drums, the band twists in elements of blues, funk and soul resulting in a revival of authentic performance.
Since 2012, The Groove Merchants have been pushing that sound forward. Founded out of the practice rooms and Main Street basements of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, the band discovered their chemistry almost instantly.
It was in those first live performances when they really set into motion and revealed the full capacity for what their sound would grow to become: tireless, faithful, throw-down grooves. The energy shot out from the stage is what pushes The Groove Merchants to continue making music and challenge what we listen to.
2014 saw the release of their debut album, produced and engineered at the Music Centre in Exton, PA. This complete collection of songs proved to demonstrate the gravity of The Groove Merchants.
Adding Dylan Hinnershitz on trumpet to the mix in 2015 only provided depth to the Groove Merchants sound. A second effort, “Take It,” was released in 2016 under the ListeningPost label featuring a 4-piece horn section on several tracks. From there the band received radio air time, and their single, “Hold You Hand” was featured on Philly’s Alternative Rock station 104.5FM.
The live performances didn’t stop. Continuing to travel all over the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia area, Rehoboth Beach, and even making a tour down to Nashville, the band boasts a healthy string of monthly residencies at local venues as well as appearances on larger stages throughout the East Coast. Highlights include an appearance at the iHeartRadio Summer Block Party, sharing the stage with Vance Joy, Portugal. The Man, and Judah and The Lion down on Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, as well as opening for world-renowned bluesman John Nemeth at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. The Groove Merchants have also shared the stage with New York Soul/Blues outfit Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at the popular Steel Stacks arts and music venue in Bethlehem, PA. Bethlehem is also home to Musikfest, the largest free music festival in the nation voted #1 by USA Today, where The Groove Merchants have made regular appearances since 2016.
The Groove Merchants seek to maintain that same dynamic level they have always had, while continuing to add another layer to their involved mix. Transitioning back to the quartet with a rotating group of added instrumentalists at its disposal, the band has developed its fullest sound yet. The first batch of songs from the group’s upcoming third full-length album were released everywhere in August of 2019. Entitled, “The Throne: Wave One,” the four-track EP showcases a small taste of the evolution of the GM sound. On the band’s most ambitious project yet, they introduce Organ and Keyboards and a fresh, revamped horn sound composed and arranged by New England Conservatory alum Mike Talento.
Celebrate what happens when The Groove Merchants control the room. With each performance, the band strives to create an energy that lies inside intimate clubs and transcends past large stages. Once The Groove Merchants show up, expect relentless, soulful energy and a belief in connecting beyond music.
Tye Vallone: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Luke Ferracone: Guitar
John Evin Groome: Bass
Peter Snyder: Drums
“The Groove Merchants: Philly funk quintet steadily grooving a path into playlists all over the country”
“While the bill touted the likes of Portugal. The Man and Vance Joy, it was Groove Merchants, a five-member funk blues band that recently owned the stage at the Radio 104.5-FM Summer Block Party earlier this month.”
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Lehigh Valley Underground; review of The Groove Merchants debut self titled album
“One thing a music lover will notice about The Groove Merchants is their prowess as musicians. They are seasoned beyond their years, and are only getting better with the recent addition of trumpeter Dylan Hinnershitz.”
“Uhuru” is a slow-building jam that knocks on the door before kicking it down about five and a half minutes in, bringing the song and album to a climax with an exhilarating wall of sound…
“The Groove Merchants’ first effort is as solid an opening statement as you’ll find from a young band. The excitement to see where they go from here is palpable.”
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Lehigh Valley Underground on The Groove Merchants record, Take It;
“A big sound, funky rhythms, and stellar musicianship have become The Groove Merchants’ trademark.”
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West Chester, PA WCHE Radio Host, Tom Wang on The Groove Merchants record, Take It;
“…They play with a raw ferocity that stems from that youth. In an age where most bands seem pliant in their approach to making music, GM does not play it safe…The Groove Merchants seem limitless with what they can provide musically. They are indeed, getting it done.”
THE THRONE (WAVE ONE)
Midnight Mountain Queen
You Are My Religion
take it (2016)
1. Take It If You Want It
3. Hold Your Hand
4. John the Savage
5. The Ride
6. Of the Woods
9. Smoke and Mirrors
10. Quit It
11. Walking Shoes
THe Groove Merchants (2015)
1. John the Savage
3. Modern Days
5. Smoke and Mirrors
6. Princess Please