Ahhh, Wink. He'd probably never admit it, but behind the trucker hat, the overalls and the big bushy beard and shaggy hair, the man exudes cool in an unnoticeable, skewed-from-the-cool-norm sort of way. His music does all the talking. He's a storyteller, and his music tells really, really good stories.
The Gentlemen Vain consists of Daniel Villanueva, Robert Cody Maxwell, Clemente Gomez and David Snawder. Robert Cody Maxwell is the lead singer. Maxwell said, “My backing band is ‘The Gentlemen Vain’ in reference to Dutch Vanitas artwork [still-life] and the temporal nature of earthly life, and it is a reflection of our own focus artistically on the fragile nature of our lives and our relationship to our world.” The band’s style is described as Americana or indie-folk music, with vocal harmony-centric arrangements in the style of The Avett Brothers and Jackson Browne.
This Oklahoma-grown band, know forthwith as Green Corn Rebellion, arose from the murk of the sleeping Tulsa Sound, or the mire of the not-so-tired New Tulsa Sound, or perhaps a plagiary of the dirge-punk scene somewhere in Terlton.
Masked as mere dextrous performers, this band is of highly trained thinking machines from a variety of backgrounds, tirelessly creating dramatic musical enactments of Americana from the underbelly of the mid-south, i.e. that line of highways that spans Stillwater to Houma, cypress to red dirt, a "prarie-dog rock" voodoo.
Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds -- Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group's 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group's opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey, with a follow up album in the works and a full schedule of tour dates to go with. While Sad Daddy's musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group's allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and friend of Frank & Lola's returns!!
Tickets will be available for purchase for those attending The Stray Birds concert on Sun, March 15. Remaining tickets available on-line and in-store beginning Tues, March 17!
This will sell out quickly, you'll want to be on the ball for this one.
As you'd expect, the $40 ticket price includes a fantastic buffet of heavy appetizers and complimentary Marshall's Draft Beer, wine and soft drinks. An amazing deal, really.
“What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the opening track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering.
“A normal person, if they find themselves in a position of turmoil or grief, they’ll say, ‘I need to get out of this as fast as I can,’” says Fullbright. “A writer will say, ‘How long can I stay in this until I get something good?’ And that’s a bullshit way to look at life,” he laughs.
That plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground ’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally selfassured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist...earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.
With sounds in his arsenal that include country, folk, jazz and blues and able to express himself on more than ten instruments, Travis Linville and his music may never be easy to classify but describing it is. He takes the stage armed with legacy of effortless authenticity -- a legacy inherited, a legacy earned and a legacy ever in the process of being formed. For any audience who demands to be fed something real, it doesn’t get any realer than this.
"With sounds in his arsenal that include country, folk, jazz and blues and able to express himself on more than ten instruments, Travis Linville and his music may never be easy to classify but describing it is. He takes the stage armed with legacy of effortless authenticity -- a legacy inherited, a legacy earned and a legacy ever in the process of being formed. For any audience who demands to be fed something real, it doesn’t get any realer than this."
Travis is a longtime friend and a great songwriter. Always a treat to get him in when he's not on the road.
When David Leach, bass/trombonist extraordinaire who plays with John Fullbright and Kyle Reid says he has a new project we should check out, we check it out.
Harumph is a brand new thing with little web presence and one video submitted to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest. Reminiscent of Lake Street Dive and Kyle Reid & The Low-Swinging' Chariots, we have no doubt this is gonna be a project we're glad we decided to check out!
While we're always excited for all of these touring bands to come through, there's a lot to be said for the comfort and awesomeness that is our own Paul Benjaman Band.
Thank god for the Tulsa Shuffle!
"The band has toured relentlessly around the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest regions, gaining a loyal following along the way. Showcasing a highly-skilled, tight band with Benjaman’s signature guitar licks being the focal point and driving force, their live show is not to be missed. A festival favorite, they’ve also played/toured with everyone from JJ Grey & Mofro, SIMO, Ian Moore, Heartless Bastards, Junior Brown, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Cornmeal, The Steepwater Band, and Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric."
Here come The Banditos. The blew us away last time, you know they'll do it again. The band was just signed to Bloodshot Records, honestly, we're not sure how many more times we'll be lucky to get them in our little corner.
SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT SHOW!
With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos bodaciously appropriate elements of '60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top's jangly boogie, the Drive-By Truckers' yawp, the populist choogle of CCR, Slim Harpo's hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Motherfucking Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.
Jet-fueled by powerhouse front woman Alysia Kraft, The Patti Fiasco rides the edge of emotional extreme, delivering a brash yet fiercely soulful brand of rock and roll with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues, and ballad. At times raw and volatile, and at others, sweet and lilting, the band fuses a hard-rock swagger with the two-step of its Wyoming roots. It’s the attitude of Joan Jett with a Steve Earle twang, the soul and slide of Bonnie Raitt, Black-Keys-style dirty blues-rock, and the lyric edginess of Shovels and Rope.
We haven't seen Patti Fiasco around these parts in a few years, and you know how we love those Colorado / Wyoming bands!
Join us for The Stray Birds with Caitlin Canty, Sunday, March 15! Doors open at 6:00pm, Caitlin will open the show once everyone has a chance to grab some great eats and a drink! The $30 ticket includes free food and free drink and a great concert in an intimate setting. Pretty good bargain anywhere!
As expected, Adam and Jared will prepare some fare unlike anything you'll find on the regular restaurant menu and there's always enough to go around! Marshall Beer will be on tap along with a selection of wine. Free beer or wine, fantastic, unique eats and two superb acts gracing the stage make this another evening you do not want to miss!
THE STRAY BIRDS
The Stray Birds - Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, bass)—whose “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite” (WXPN The Key) made their Yep Roc Records label debut October 21 with the release of their second full-length studio album, Best Medicine. Following the band’s 2012 highly praised self-titled release, which NPR Music named Top 10 Folk/Americana album and proclaimed, “clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft,” Best Medicine was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA. Formed in Lancaster, PA, the classically trained and roots music-raised trio has spent the last several years honing their sound and touring extensively, including live performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Building on the sparseness of guitar, fiddle, bass, and three-part harmonies, the Stray Birds manage to create sounds together that are no less than transcendent.” (About.com). www.thestraybirds.com
Caitlin Canty delivers her fine-edged songs with a 1930’s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto, painting the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of the successful Artists Den series. In 2015 she will release RECKLESS SKYLINE, a new collection of original songs produced by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and featuring an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk.
“With quiet grace and a voice that won’t quit, Canty effortlessly travels among folk, rock, country and blues. Finely tuning her haunting alto with the acoustic guitar, the New York City-based songstress gives life to poignant lyrics that resonant long after the last note”
The thing I love most about this band and the evening with them is not only the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree, or the well - written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice – it’s the energy they bring on stage and to the audience! You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts!” - Chris Roberts, Red Arm Music
The husband & wife duo from Fayetteville (and founders of Fayetteville Roots Fest) invoke Josh Ritter, Indigo Girls and Buddy Holly in their original tunes.
In the midst of a great night of music, John ran through a quick set of sad songs last time he was in, referring to it as "Bummer Core." Great name for a unique genre, but Calvin is a lot more than sad songs about love gone wrong. It ain't always happy, but it's the perfect choice for a Hallmark Holiday at FnL's!
As an added bonus, John's new record "Better Luck" will be just released. It's a Sweethearts and new CD show!
Click John's website below to read a few great reviews of the new record from some national press.
IYL: John Fullbright, Elliot Smith, Bummercore
This band has really become a great act to watch. GCR blew us away last time in and we're pumped to have 'em back! An 8-piece fireball mixing genres between finely crafted orchestrated tunes and enough jazz influence to make it interesting.
IYL: Tom Waits with a banjo, Wilco, A backyard smoker
"It doesn't matter if there are 5 or 500 people in the audience, Alex Culbreth closes his eyes and gives it all he's got every time."
If you close your eyes when he's playing, you'll barely believe that one dude is making that much music by himself. Flailing arms and legs and feet a stompin', guitar strumming and harmonica blowin'. Culbreth brings unique energy unlike any other solo artist we have - and that's why we don't have many.
IYL: Shakey Graves, John Fullbright, The O's
Just try to find a more true country voice than Jacob Tovar's. Not likely. He's resurrected that old, honest country and throws in originals in the same vein. Accompanied by Seth Lee Jones and Cooper Waugh on guitars, this trio is the real deal, throwback to the sound that made Cain's the famous honky tonk it became.
IYL: Webb Pearce, Bob Wills, Cain's Ballroom
DPB joins the fray in this decidely Tulsa-Based month of tunes at FnLs!
Tulsa's most prolific guitar-slinger in an Allman Brothers, SRV way with plenty of Tulsa shuffle and JJ influence to make this a unique band!
IYL: Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sweat & Low-slung guitars
Join us for a special Pre-Thanksgiving BASH Wednesday night show!
Featuring the guitarist from Bartlesville favorites, The Biscuit Grabbers, The Bar Brawl III is an Austin, TX trio featuring an eclectic mix of Rock n Roll, Rockabilly, Blues, Country Swing and yes, a little bit of a punk.
IYL: Wayne The Train Hancock, Reverend Horton Heat, Hank 3