Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

Over the past five years, JD McPherson has emerged as a thrilling ’50s stylist with a modern sense of pop-craft and genre fusion. On his tour-de-force 2017 release, the Oklahoma singer finetunes his blend of blues boogie, r&b, rockabilly, and alt-rock that would make Jack White, Pokey LaFarge and the Black Keys all proud. The result is the defining visceral record of his career, with slow-aching ballads like “Hunting For Sugar” balancing out fast-paced barnburners like “On the Lips” and “Under the Spell of City Lights.” “On Undivided Heart & Soul”, JD McPherson proved he’s one of roots music’s most exciting young revivalists.

On his third album, JD McPherson leans harder on the first syllable of “rockabilly.” The retro-sounding tracks, most of which feature prominent walking-bass lines courtesy of Jimmy Sutton, are among the highlights. Single “Lucky Penny” (which doesn’t hide its Dan Auerbach influence), jittery “Bloodhound Rock” and “Under the Spell of the City Lights” (featuring another notable co-writer, Aaron Lee Tasjan) all harken back to retro rocking songs in both McPherson’s own catalogue and American music as a whole. While Undivided Heart & Soul explores both the past and the future of roots music, McPherson shines brightest when he blends both influences to stay rooted in the present.

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His star burnt only briefly but to lovers of 1980s power pop Phil Seymour was a shining light. This collection of his finest work is enhanced by 11 previously unreleased recordings. Collection released this month on Ace Records.

For many of us who grew up in the 60s, one thing we missed most in the following decades was the short, quick jab of a powerful 45 from groups such as the Who, the Searchers, the Kinks, the Hollies and the Beatles. Where had all those punchy pop songs gone? Phil Seymour grew up listening to all those British Invasion bands in his home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and with kindred spirit Dwight Twilley forged a determination to bring back melodic pop songs. They spent several years mastering harmony, piano, guitar, drums and the art of crafting a high-quality song, building a home studio where they spent endless hours recording under the name Oister.

In 1974 they set off for Los Angeles and were soon picked up Denny Cordell and Leon Russell’s Shelter Records. Cordell was rather taken with Twilley’s name and renamed them the Dwight Twilley Band. Soon they were in the US Top 20 with ‘I’m On Fire’, but frustrations followed as Shelter struggled with financial difficulties, and Phil decided to go solo. Initially he struggled to find a foothold but once the new wave hit America, the Phil Seymour Band stormed Hollywood and became one of the hottest acts on the circuit.

Signed to Neil Bogart’s Boardwalk label, by 1981 Phil was at #22 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the self-penned classic ‘Precious To Me’. More terrific releases followed and for a while he was the brightest star on the horizon, but Bogart’s death in 1983 meant the end of Phil’s Boardwalk contract. He doggedly continued to make good music but contracted lymphoma and died in 1993 at age 41.

Handsomely packaged with a 20-page booklet sporting rare photos and extensive notes incorporating interviews with bandmate Michael Anderson and recording engineer Bill Cooper, our collection comprises 13 of Phil’s finest recordings and 11 never-before-heard gems. Pride of place among the previously unissued tracks goes to nine demos cut at producer Richie Podolor’s American Recording Company studio in Los Angeles’ Studio City in 1980. As wonderful as the later released versions are, nothing can match the primitive excitement that pervades the demos, which bristle with life, energy and the sheer joy of knowing that something very special is being created in the studio. Altogether a fitting tribute to this much-missed prince of power pop.

Throughout the course of their musical union, the members of Horse Thief have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life the band are very happy that the media is reacting to the new Horse Thief album. It’s long been my belief that this band have it in them to be one of the best American bands we’ve ever worked with at Bella Union and with each show and each new recording that feels 100% justified.

It’s out in a couple of weeks and already you can feel the growing appreciation for the band. They’ll be here with the Felice Brothers this month in Europe and I urge you to get down to see them and see your favourite new band.

A triumph… Frontman Cameron Neal filters anglophile influences (The Smiths’ melodic grace and New Order’s tender resolve) through Horse Thief’s graceful widescreen Americana”.
“Well-crafted second album release… The Oklahoma-based quintet trade in a roots-influenced American rock on a mid-point between Midlake and the Kings of Leon.”

“Anthemic and uplifting Americana… In its tales of life in mountain towns, of love declared and not returned, of hard decisions made, it has an honesty and a sense of wildness and isolation. Its all quite beautiful.”



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Other Lives new album “Rituals” will be available everywhere on May 4th.
Pre-order now, the first 500 physical pre-orders from our official store receive 3 limited edition lithographs. All pre-orders from our store also receive an early download of the album on May 1st and two instant downloads.

Dreamy and cinematic Other Lives are getting ready to release their third album. Watch / Listen to the full session here: They began as a band called Kunek out of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Rechristened Other Lives in 2008, they released their first album under that name a year later, an atmospheric gem of a record that marries an orchestral rock sound with the sensibility of a classic singer-songwriter vibe. They returned for another batch of majestic, pastoral folk-rock in 2011, which led them to perform with the likes of Bon Iver and Radiohead over the next year. They’ve taken a break since then to prepare a new album, and if there are two clichés worth using to describe the record, they would be: 1) the third time is the charm, and 2) it has been worth the wait. Guest host Chris Douridas showcases material from Rituals when Other Lives stop by Morning Becomes Eclectic.


Recorded for “CBS This Morning” breakfast television show for the saturday sessions programme, Oklahoma singer songwriter and Grammy award winning John Fullbright,

John Fullbright will be at the musician on the 22nd July, I cannot recommend this gig highly enough John played the Glee Club in Nottingham a couple of years back and he was simply astonishingly so good, with a new album titled “SONGS” out now and with his previous Grammy awarded album “From The Ground Up”. John Fullbight comes from Okemah in Oklahoma the home of Woody Guthrie.

Horse Thief are on the wonderful Bella Union label a band from Denton now based in Oklahoma heading into the uk for some shows very soon after last year support slots with Midlake.


the first track that took my attention from this fine psychedelic Folk Rock band based in Oklahoma, originally from Denton Texas they moved to study at the University of Oklahoma,  this track taken from the Ep “Grow Deep Grow Wild”

SAMANTHA CRAIN songs are as vast as the wide open spaces of Oklahoma her home state this is a track from her third album “KID FACE” she is a wildly original songstress.