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Satchel in 1994
|Years active||1991 - Present|
|Associated acts||Brad, Pigeonhed, Malfunkshun, Head Hunters|
|Past members||Shawn Smith (deceased)|
Cory Kane (deceased)
Satchel was originally formed under the name Bliss by vocalist Shawn Smith and drummer Regan Hagar, after their previous band Brad (which also featured guitarist Stone Gossard) went on hiatus. They recruited guitarist John Hoag, bassist Cory Kane and Jefferson Bennett on saxophone. However they were met with a copyright name challenge. As a result, they settled on the name Satchel, and Bennett left the band.
Satchel released their first album EDC in 1994. Some of EDC's song titles were taken from the character's names in the film Reservoir Dogs, one of the band's favorite movies. Satchel went on tour to support the album.
In early 1995, the bassist Cory Kane was replaced by Mike Berg because of personality conflicts. They released their second album, The Family, in 1996, which was co-produced by Stone Gossard. Again, the band embarked on a long tour. At the end of the tour, Smith and Hagar were invited by Gossard to reform Brad, an invitation they accepted. As a result, Hoag quit the band and Satchel went on hiatus. In 2005, Brad released Brad vs. Satchel, an album of previously unreleased tracks from both Satchel and Brad.
Satchel returned in 2010 with Smith (vocals/piano/bass), Hagar (drums/bass), and Hoag (guitar/bass). Touring bassists include former member Mike Berg, Jeff Fielder, and Lonnie Marshall.
The new line-up recorded an album, Heartache and Honey, which was released in early 2010. A new song, "The Return of...", is available (streaming) on their official website. Shawn Smith's record label Sound vs Silence will release a compilation CD which includes an exclusive non-album track, "Shoulder to Shoulder".
On April 3rd, 2019, vocalist Shawn Smith passed peacefully at home from a heart condition related to high blood pressure.
In popular culture
- The song "Suffering" was featured in the films Beautiful Girls and The Girl Next Door. It was also featured in an episode of One Tree Hill.
- The song "Walk in Freedom" can be heard in the movie Strange Days.
- Official website
- Sound vs Silence
- Shawn Smith's official website
- Official merchandise website
- Satchel at AllMusic
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