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Chico's 'Velvet Starlings' head to Europe for summer tour

The Velvet Starlings have a new rock music video called 'Sold Down the River,' that was filmed in Paradise and Chico after the Camp Fire.

Posted: May 5, 2019 8:11 PM
Updated: May 6, 2019 11:27 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico rock band Velvet Starlings has a new video out. Those familiar with Chico and Paradise may recognize some of the locations where it was filmed.

Action News Now spoke with the band's manager on Sunday. He said the song in the video "Sold Down the River" has a political message about promises that may not necessarily come true.

The band also explained that their the song celebrates peace, harmony and the community coming together.

Christian Gisborne plays guitar and is the band's singer/songwriter. Roni Wiedeman plays bass and keyboards. Michael Whittemore plays drums and other percussion instruments.

Several scenes of the music video were shot at the mural at the Peace & Justice Center in downtown Chico, where the band performed on Saturday. They said the mural's artist, Shepard Fairey, is a fan who said, "I love the music and the message."

Fairey said singer Christian Gisborne is channeling the greats, like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.

"I am especially inspired by his ability to appeal emotionally and provoke intellectually," Fairey said. 

The drummer for the Velvet Starlings, Michael Whittemore, lost his house in the Camp Fire on Nov. 8, but the property in Paradise where they filmed the video belongs to a family friend.

The band recently performed at the El Rey in Chico recently for a Cammies benefit for Camp Fire victims to great acclaim.

They perform again in Chico on May 10th at Ike's Place in Chico and then will spend the summer on a tour to the UK and Scandinavia.

CLICK HERE for a link to their current album on Spotify.

(The music video was directed by a Chico State student named Elias Denny)

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