The music of Rollaway has been described as “floor-stomping blues”, “backwoods-choir elegance” (The Georgia Straight), and “dirty-southern-gothic-rock-country-folk” (Discorder Magazine). Based in Vancouver, BC but hailing originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rollaway’s bandleader Benton Roark has led the project across North America for over a decade, releasing no fewer than four records and forging a sound that combines modern roots, Southern gothic poetry, and dark romanticism.
In 2010, Rollaway released The Return of the Lonesome Coyote Patchwork Pulpit, and Sundry Other Tales from the Rainbow’s End to critical acclaim, inviting comparisons to classic acts like Dylan and The Band as well as younger ones like My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, and Neko Case. Vancouver's Georgia Straight wrote “if he keeps making records as good as this one, Roark is welcome to stay here as long as he likes,” whereas Britain's Maverick Magazine discussed the “poetry” and “complexity of Roark’s lyrics” and Discorder called the album just plain "really good." The latest record featuring Roark’s work with members of Rollaway - 2016’s Deep in the Pocket, Still No Change - has been featured on CBC’s North by Northwest and was named CD of the Week by the Vancouver Sun, which described it as “heartfelt”, “magisterial”, and possessing “a relaxed funkiness”.
Rollaway is: Roark (rhythm guitar, vocals), Adam Tryczynski (lead guitar, vocals), Jen Lewin (keyboards, vocals), Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud (vocals), Michael Vaughan (bass), and Max Ley (drums).